Is there a way to parent an object to another, such that the parent does not move the child when it moves? I thought of adding a "negative" Child-of constraint to compensate for movement by parent, but sadly that does not exist since constraint influence can't be set below 0. Any other suggestions?

  • $\begingroup$ uncheck x,y,z of the location in the child_of constraint $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    May 2, 2015 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Chebhou I might have phrased myself poorly - I need actual parenting (usable from scripting without all the constraint overhead), but I don't want the position of the child altered by the parent. Your solution does not work since the child is not actually a child of the parent then, it only has a constraint that does nothing. $\endgroup$
    – Ludwik
    May 2, 2015 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ you want to do this in script ? $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    May 2, 2015 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ Would it work to add an empty at the location of the child, and make the child copy the location of the empty? $\endgroup$ May 2, 2015 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but I didn't think that relevant. The point is I need the parent-child logical relationship, but want the child not to move. $\endgroup$
    – Ludwik
    May 2, 2015 at 19:09

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This can be done fairly quickly; what you need to do is and an empty to the location of the child, and then make the child copy the location of the empty, using a constraint — now you can safely parent both objects and the child won't move.

You can do this by:

  1. While in Edit mode, and with the child selected, pressing Shift + S > Cursor to selected
  2. Pressing Shift + A > Empty > Plain Axis
  3. Selecting the child, going to the Constraints tab of the Properties window and adding a Copy Location constraint, with the target set to the empty created earlier
  • $\begingroup$ This single answer has opened my eyes to the next level of Blendering! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stabledog
    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:19

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