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I have a plane "shooting" particles and I want those particles to stick to wherever they land and stay sticked. It does that on perfectly horizontal faces (the top of the cube) but if they land on a face from the sides they slowly slip off.

sliding particles

This is because of gravity but if I turn it off the particles will just fly off infinity in the direction they are "shoot".

The cube has these settings in the its Collision physics: Stickiness: 10 Particle damping factor: 1 Particle Friction: 1

How can I make them stick to the side faces and stay there?

Using Blender 2.76

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  • $\begingroup$ How about Die on Hit, and render "died" on the particle system? $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:08
  • $\begingroup$ That works good for non-moving objects but I have some that move and in those the dead particles won't move along with the object. $\endgroup$
    – DN2048
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ maybe give the cube a field attraction using surface? $\endgroup$
    – 3pointedit
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 13:47

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It can be done by using an addon called Animation Nodes.

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The basic concept here is to get the location of each particle unit by the moment they die on hitting the collider. Then parent them to it immediately.

Here is a template setup:

(2018-07-21 updated, compatible with AN2.0)

How to Use:

  • Open the attached file;
  • Download the addon from the link above, then install and enable it;
  • Replace Eimtter and Collider object input on related nodes.
  • Go to frame 1, play animation.
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  • $\begingroup$ I know, it may involve a totally new tool. I'll see what I can do if additional guide needed. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 8:45
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mind updating that answer for more recent versions, this is related to this Question. Maybe more details such that it is useful without the the blend file. $\endgroup$
    – Omar Emara
    Commented Jul 2, 2018 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ @OmarAhmad Will do later asap. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 4, 2018 at 2:35
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    $\begingroup$ @OmarAhmad Finally find some time to find what's going on. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 12:14
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One reason could be your particle cache step. Setting it to one frame should at least lessen if not stop the sliding.

Essentially the eighth step in here:

How can I simulate powder with a particle system?

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in the Scene tab you can turn off gravity, just untick the checkbox. I have some issues with particles bouncing off for high speed and grazing incidence angles but otherwise works fine.

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