I love the quick explode effect, and its simplicity (just click Object > Quick effects > Quick explode on a simple icosphere). However, I can't find how to apply it to a mesh created using Geometry Nodes:

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Right: normal icosphere

Left: icosphere created using this simple geometry node:

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Any idea what I'm missing?


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First of all make sure that the order of modifiers is correct:

  1. GeometryNodes
  2. ParticleSystem
  3. Explode

Then you have to enable Use Modifier Stack in the Source settings of the particle system.

explode modifier

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    $\begingroup$ Amazing, thanks a lot! $\endgroup$
    – tobiasBora
    Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 10:05
  • $\begingroup$ Also, if your note is calling some other nodes inside or instances, you may need to add a "realize instances" node. $\endgroup$
    – tobiasBora
    Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, of course. But since you asked for your icosphere and explicitly showed the nodetree while emphasizing the simplicity of the Quick Effect, I just focused on the given geometry. To work on the mesh outside the GN modifier all instances always have to be realized, not only for the Explode modifier but others as well. But since it's not always necessary and sometimes even counterproductive I didn't mention it for your specific problem. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, it was not any sort of critism. Just a note for myself in the future (and potentially others) because I had this very same problem and I lost 2-3mn to find out what was the issue (and as I'm still new to GN, it's not something that I'm yet used to). $\endgroup$
    – tobiasBora
    Commented Mar 15, 2022 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @tobiasBora No problem, I didn't take it as criticism. I just explained that because there was just another question yesterday where it was unclear what exactly the goal was, and depending on the desired result it made a big difference in nodes order and using Realize Instances or not to achieve one or the other thing. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 6:38

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