I'm trying to create a simulation for cell division. The idea is pretty simple.

  1. Get one point
  2. Duplicate the point inside a simulation using the duplicate node
  3. Instance a "cell"
  4. Move only the "newly" duplicated cells

Solved problems 2. Using math node modulo and switch node to create cells only at fixed intervals i.e.) 4 second


Unsolved 4. I've tried move the cells using another (or the same?) simulation and selecting the instances using the instance index (and also the points index. The problem is that first of all the duplicate (as expected) have all same index, also I did not succeeded in storing a custom attribute and to retrieve the named attribute I tried to store a custom attribute and use this for moving only particles with custom attribute but with no luck.

EDIT 7/8/2023. It seems it is not possible to change the index inside the nodes. Using instancing worked

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    $\begingroup$ Please edit the question and share a .blend file so that the kind people who might be willing to help you don't have to waste their time recreating the node setup in your image. $\endgroup$ Jul 5, 2023 at 6:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Chris we have this: blender.meta.stackexchange.com/q/2620/60486 I have it on my todo list to write a guide to ask a good question, but based on my experience, when you point out flaws of the question, its author rarely improves it substantially. The guide needs to be very thorough with examples, but I have my doubts authors will care to read a long guide, yet alone put the effort to apply the advice… $\endgroup$ Jul 5, 2023 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Jojostack: ok, if you always adapt your question by new wishes...sorry, then i won't help you anymore. That's not the sense of this site - and that is waste of my time. Good luck. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jul 6, 2023 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris actually I changed the question according to feedback, and by the way you didn't help but just answered something that wasn't asked if you re-read the question at first. My question was very clear. I want to give custom index to duplicates inside a simulation zone as in the title. And there is a reason for that, but if you wanted to show how to duplicate stuff it's another story. $\endgroup$
    – Jojostack
    Jul 6, 2023 at 16:50
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    $\begingroup$ You can't set an index, but you can sort elements and create new geometry by sampling data from the sorted elements: blender.stackexchange.com/q/264857/60486 $\endgroup$ Jul 8, 2023 at 16:59

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I've seen that it does not seem possible to change the index of the duplicates inside the loop. I've come out with a solution that instead of the duplicate node use a instance to points node. It work as I wanted (also the nodes for duplicating at a fixed step in time work).enter image description here

there's the link to the scene

and the nodes enter image description here


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