I'd like to locate a object at (0,0,0) in the global coordinate system, but the object has its own coordinate system, such that bpy.context.object.location = (0,0,0) does not work:

Coordinate systems

How can I determine the offset to move the object to the global point of origin (0,0,0)?

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    $\begingroup$ related: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/24015/… $\endgroup$ – p2or Jan 18 '16 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ without origin_set(): blender.stackexchange.com/questions/35825/… $\endgroup$ – p2or Jan 18 '16 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ @poor Thanks, this goes definitive in the right direction, I still don't have a working code, but I will continue to figure it out ... $\endgroup$ – frthjf Jan 18 '16 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ Glad I could help. What exactly is not working? $\endgroup$ – p2or Jan 18 '16 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ I did not recognize that the object dimensions are local coordinates too ... $\endgroup$ – frthjf Jan 18 '16 at 22:00

You can also do this with three operators and no calculations (will certainly be faster than iterating over all vertices if you have a high-resolution mesh). That is if you don't mind that it will center your object's origin point.

import bpy
bpy.ops.object.mode_set( mode = 'OBJECT' ) # Make sure we're in object mode
bpy.ops.object.origin_set( type = 'ORIGIN_GEOMETRY' ) # Move object origin to center of geometry
bpy.ops.object.location_clear() # Clear location - set location to (0,0,0)

Using the ideas of the proposed solution, this snippet does the offset calculation:


# determine minima of the object
min_x = min_y = min_z = 999999.0
for vertex in self.blender_object.data.vertices:
        # object vertices are in object space, translate to world space
        v_world = self.blender_object.matrix_world * Vector((vertex.co[0], vertex.co[1], vertex.co[2]))

        if v_world[0] < min_x:
            min_x = v_world[0]

        if v_world[1] < min_y:
            min_y = v_world[1]

        if v_world[2] < min_z:
            min_z = v_world[2]

# convert to world coordinates again
size = self.blender_object.matrix_world * self.blender_object.dimensions

offset = Vector((min_x +  size.x/2, min_y - size.y/2, min_z))

self.blender_object.location = self.blender_object.location - offset

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