Questions tagged [curves]

A Curve is an object that is expressed in terms of mathematical functions, rather than as a series of points such as vertices. Use this tag for any questions pertaining to the "Curve" Object type in blender.

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How can I duplicate a mesh along a curve?

I want to outline a curve in the form of text with a mesh (UV-sphere, cube etc.). How can I do that while saving mesh geometry without using the Curve modifier?
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Extrude and bevel an imported svg curve

I exported an svg 1.1 file from Adobe Illustrator CS6. I joined all the shapes by pressing Ctrl+J. I set the curve shape to 2D. Then I extruded using the right hand side panel: So far so good. But ...
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Problems with Curve Modifier

Every time I think I have the curve modifier mastered, it throws me a another curve ball (no pun intended). Why in this blend file can I not get the lights to follow the spiral curve? When the ...
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How do I prevent object distortion when applying a curve modifier?

This is the profile of the object I'd like to wrap... Here is the object's profile after being wrapped... Is it possible to prevent the distortion? The following post here: http://blenderartists.org/...
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How to cut an object along a curve?

I want to divide this model into separate pieces to prepare it for the next stage of a project. The divide needs to be made down a curved line (which I hope is visible in picture). , I figured out ...
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Wrap curve around sphere

I couldn't find this anywhere, which is really strange, but I'm trying to wrap a curve, imported from a .svg made with a vector image program around a sphere to create the Earth. Basically, this is ...
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Curve Bevel function, scale?

Is there a way to scale up the bevel object on one end of a curve, a little bit over each point? I notice the vertex "weight" slider will tweak how much influence each vertex has on the others, is ...
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How to make beveled 90 degree corners on a curve better?

I know the title is a mouthful, but this is the problem: I made a curve with 90 degree corners, like so: I then beveled it, and this was the result: As you can imagine, this isn't very pretty. I'm ...
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How to aproach the modeling of duct work, piping, wiring?

I'm wondering what the best way is to approach duct work, piping, and wiring? In the past, I have used the spin tool to make corners, but I find it very cumbersome. How do you do duct work and ...
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Can blender export 2D curves to svg?

Is it possible to convert/export 2D curves to an svg? I know you could render it to a raster image and then convert it with inkscape/potrace, but it would be nice ...
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Model a simple 3D spiral shape?

I need to model a simple spiral shape. I imagine the best way to do this is with curves, but I am unsure how to create a perfect spiral shape with curves. What's the best/easiest way to make a spiral ...
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How to make a bevel on text

How can I make a bevel, like in the "Gibson," for my personal inscription? Is there an automatic method to do so?
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It is possible to extrude a curve to two directions?

I want to extrude a curve into two directions. Otherwise, join both curves into one, it is possible? I've tried copying it and then join segments, but it don't see a Remove Doubles tool while working ...
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SVG Curve Incorrectly Rendered

It should be noted that this question poses a similar issue to some other questions on SE, but (the ones that I saw) were caused by massively large scaling factors, which (as far as I can tell) isn't ...
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Change start time of camera following a path?

I made a path and have my camera following the path (Shift + A: Curve->Path) based on a youtube tutorial and this question: Camera angle should follow path angle. However the camera starts following ...
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better Curve/Text to Mesh generation?

The triangulation process of Text to Mesh or Curve to Mesh generates some nasty topology. I get why, but maybe it could be done a bit nicer? Since text is flat, have ngons instead of hundreds of ...
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How to animate multiple lines

I wonder what would be the best way of animating multiple 2 dimensional lines in blender. Lets say I have lots of line, that are parallel and have some sort of rule, kind of like a PCB board with ...
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How to evenly space vertices along several segments bezier curve

Is there a way I can separate the vertices on the the segments evenly without moving the end points? I would like for the vertices to maintain the current curve.
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Extrude along path

Is there a way to extrude an object or shape along a path/curve, so you get a solid object? For example, a rectangle shape along a curve to get a long bendy sidewalk. I feel this was in an older ...
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How can curves be converted to meshes?

Is is possible to remove the curves and only have the mesh of a tree that was created with the saplings add-on? I'd like to apply a decimate modifier to have a few low-poly trees, but this doesn't ...
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Is it possible to hide curves' guides in edit mode?

In this example I use Nurbs curves to create shoe laces and it becomes quite hard to operate curves in the regions of loops and knots because of the curves' tilt/scale guides (not sure how to call ...
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How to reduce artifacts on curved text/vector

this is a problem I face a lot when working with branding and typography. After importing vectors/typing, extruding and bending (simple deform or curve modifiers) it always come up with those ugly ...
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Reducing internal faces generated by extensive curve extrusion?

Excuse my title gore. I've been modeling Gothic architecture: (reference) Here's the blend file I've been practicing with. So I'm extruding along curves a lot. The complication is the fact that ...
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Place/spawn objects along curve with randomized scale and rotation?

Is possible to place/spawn objects along curve with randomized scale and rotation? I'm looking for lazy way to create flowers and randomized procedural patterns. Thanks
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Organic yet accurate modeling with the golden spiral

Foreword First off, let me say that I am profoundly amazed at the orderliness in nature. If you haven't heard about the Fibonacci sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ...), you should check it out. ...
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How can I convert an SVG to a mesh?

In Blender, extruding and beveling of SVG imported objects, works very well when they are still bezier objects, but the conversion of a SVG path to a mesh is very ugly, with a lot of unnecessary ...
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Make a 3D tube with a Bézier curve?

How can I make a Bézier curve into a 3D-noodle-like structure (like a tube)? When I try, it keeps turning out like a rectangle with corners.
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How can multiple Curves be used to control Camera movement?

I currently use a Track to Constraint to make the camera automatically point to an empty. In an animation the camera is moved along a bezier curve (follow path). How could I change the curve and ...
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Outlining in Blender?

I am currently working on converting my logo vectored as a SVG to a 3D model using the 2.72 version. I ran into a problem with my logo because it contains a black stroke and an orange stroke (see both ...
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Mesh deforming when add bezier modifier

I´m trying to model a race track using a bezier curve, but, when I add modifiers -> array -> curve I get this : What should I check for to get the mesh following the curve correctly ? Thankyou
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How can I make a plane's edges taper inwards?

How can I deform one edge or multiple edges of a plane or cube so they are tapered in and rounded equally?
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Why does adding a curve modifier move my object to the center of the curve?

I'm using a curve modifier and an array modifier. My object is at one end of the curve but as soon as I choose the curve for the curve modifier it moves to the center. How can I fix the problem so ...
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How can I make a perfect sweep with bevel object in Bezier curve(3d) (Pipe)

I can't create a Pipe 3D without annoying shrinkage in the corner of my bezier curve using bevel object. Those are my step. I create a bezier curve (on 3 axes) transforming two corner in Vector ...
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Trace visualisation in 3D - how to wrap curves onto a 3D mesh

Dear Stack Exchange Community, i'm trying to achieve the following effect with curves: Source of this image is here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/57143191/Visualizing-Concepts-in-Houdini-...
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Convert Curves to Grease Pencil?

I'd like to know if there's a way/add-on to convert curves to Grease Pencil strokes? I know you can convert in the other direction, but I can't find anything to create Grease Pencil strokes from ...
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Poly / Bezier curve from a list of coordinates

I'm trying to create curves from a list of points, I have the xyz coordinates in text files. I could make it manually via the python console for a single curve, but I have to do it many times and I ...
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Pipe with round caps (ends)?

I was trying to make a pipe with rounded cap or ends. Something like in the image, where I just added to spheres as "ends". I've already surfed the internet a little and it looks like an uncovered ...
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How to animate A curve segment?

How can I animate the position of a Bézier curve segment as shown in the images below?
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How can i edit a follow path constraint with the graph editor?

I made a follow path constrait with a curve, does it already have a linear interpolation so i can edit it on graph editor? i need the linear interpolation.
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How to achieve animated handwriting with variable thickness?

There's a nice tutorial here showing how to get such an effect by tracing a real text object and creating a cruve from it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUVUR9jupMY The problem is this makes all ...
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Fill Bezier Curves

I'm having a big problem with the bezier curves in Blender. I'm trying to fill up the curves, but I can't. I have already seen some videos from YouTube, that say that I have to click on the 2D button. ...
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How to edit curve, but not ruined tilt settings?

Here I have Roller Coaster set up correctly, but let's move only one random handle and let's look how the whole roller coaster set up is getting ruined. Everything is ruined, do I really need to set ...
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Extruded SVG showing spikes [duplicate]

I have imported what appears to be a clean SVG into Blender (works fine for 2D) but when I try to extrude it, I am seeing spikes appear. Can anyone tell me what is the issue and how I can fix it? ...
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Lofting between Splines

I’ve seen some C4D users use a tool called Loft-NURBS it seemed like a good way to speed up my workflow. Is there a tool in Blender to create a surface from ...
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Dotted line on curve?

I'm making a video, and I have two identical objects that start in the same place and then separate. I want to have a dotted line connecting them which appears only when the two objects start ...
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Adding a texture map to a beveled curve or path

I really want to be able to apply mapping to a curve object. For instance a rope or pipe that has a repeated pattern along its length that follows it's twists and turns. There must be a simple way to ...
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Getting the list of points that describe a Curve without converting to mesh

I've used mathutils.geometry.interpolate_bezier() in the past to create points for a curve using the bezier handle and knot coordinates. from the docs: ...
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Why is the curve modifier deforming strangely?

I modelled a part of a bicycle chain added an Array and a Curve Modifier everything worked nicely until I added cogs and translated and scaled the chain parts to fit the cogs. I tried to apply ...
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python script that reads text file containing coordinates and creates a path/curve for object to follow

I am a highschool student working at a college's engineering department for the summer. I just began working in blender and have intermediate knowledge of python. Could anyone share a script they've ...
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How to make UV loft like 3ds Max in Blender using curves?

I am try to make a car Body using the technique like UV loft in 3ds Max. How to apply this technique in Blender using curves or closer to this technique? I have seen this technique in a Blender ...