Questions tagged [instances]

Questions related to instancing. Instancing is used to duplicate many objects that are the same. Uses such as particles, Dupliverts.

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Object Matrix Output, animation nodes problem

I have some problems with my animation nodes, when I node from object instancer to object matrix output, the cube transformed back to the default, it doesn't transform like the cube a make, hope ...
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Why don't I see the fire of a smoke simulation I instanced in another scene?

I've made a fire sim in one scene. When I instance the collection containing that sim in another scene, I don't see the fire show up. Is there something special I need to do to make that show up? Is ...
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A set of 3 spot lights emiting from the same location with 3 different sizes. gets converted to empty and light glare is lost

I created a set of light with an emission/glass shader object and a set of 3 spot lights emiting from the same location with 3 different sizes: 45 deg, 120 deg and 150 deg. to replicate a fading light ...
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Instancing not working the way I want it to

I am studying blender and I am at the instancing part and I am literally following the instructions on how to instance step by step and it is not working for me. These are the steps on the ...
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Unable to comb the hair instances

It seems i am unable to edit particles (comb) the hair particle system. The objects i instanced as hairs are a simple elongated objects that i use for my flower model. However when i try to comb them ...
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Arrays of arrays along a path

I am attempting to create a ring of several levels of benches through arrays only. Either this is a little too advanced for Blender or I am missing a step. I create a cylinder as the back support. I ...
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Why i got this “Non-Empty object..” collection instancing error in classroom scene using Blender 2.8x?

I got this "Non-Empty object'...' bla-bla" error messages every time i open the classroom scene using Blender 2.8x. I tried to fresh re-install any B3D v2.8x i have but the result is the same. This ...
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Correlating particles with their instanced objects in Blender 2.82a

I've been working with the particle system on v2.82a and have run into what may be a roadblock. I have a cube set up as a Particle Emitter, and have three other cubes in the scene, each with their ...
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need help getting instances to align on a poly curve

What is the best way to get houses to line up on a path ? I am attempting to create instances of houses along a simple extruded line, with the houses landing on the Verts. However, when I use 'Align ...
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instances of the same object : any obvious way to “mark” them as such in the outliner?

I use Blender 2.8 and I know how to create several instances of the same object (alt+D). But, once created, all these instances are just listed as single objects in the outliner and need to be ...
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Aperture Diaphragm in Blender 2.8 [duplicate]

Blender Newbie here. I looked for a way to model an aperture lens and found this question: How do I rig each blade to fan out like an aperture lens? The questions has been answered very well (...
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dupliframe alternative for 2.8

I'm trying to create this image in Blender: My first thought was: rotscale animation adjust the curves in the graph editor (the rotation step is smaller at the outside vs ) dupliframe I see ...
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How To Convert Imported Identical Meshes to Instances (Duplicate Linked)?

I was wondering if there is a way (or python script) to convert multiple identical meshes into instances? - where all other identical meshes are referring (instanced) to the first identical mesh e.g., ...
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Transformations of instances of collection - problem with “origin”

I have serious problems when I build complex machines from instances of collections. Consider e.g. wheels/tracks of a Tank: Each wheel is instance of a wheel template which is a collection of ...
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How would I parent instanced objects to the instancing vertex or face when using Make Instances Real?

The function Make Instances Real includes the option to parent the instanced objects to the duplicator object. I would like to parent each instanced object to the face that spawned the instance so ...
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How to assign different material for instance objects

I have an object and I made instances of it, but everything is connected, shape & material...etc, how to assign different materials to those instanced objects ??
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Remove particles with weight paint

So, I have a Plain Plane with a hair particle system on it. I want to control where my objects are instanced onto it with weight paint. But, when I draw the normal weight paint onto it, it takes all ...
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Laying (linked) pentagonal tiles - trouble snapping

I am pretty new to Blender, having previously used Form•Z Free (which is pretty good for modelling when it doesn't crash). I am looking to tile a 'floor' in Blender 2.8, using a pentagonal tile (...
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How do I position my instance empty for collections? [duplicate]

So today I am working on a huge warehouse scene so I need to be very efficient with my geometry and obviously instancing will be a huge help. I want to place the empty that represents the collection ...
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Export animation plane with vertices instances to Unity

I'm new to the amazing world of Blender and have a question with regards too animation exports. I would like to export an animation I made in Blender to Unity. That process in itself I've tackled ...
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Is there a way to control cryptomatte colors? for object colors for instance masking out of the box in blender

Is there a way to know each color of each object before it will be rendered? Or a way to setup colors for each object. In other words I need to setup a preseted color for each object on the scene. ...
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angled snapping/mirror/ of instances?

I was wondering if their is a simple solution to snapping instances of say 4 objects, or mirroring them to the other side. When I have done this, the snapping of the group of the array of 4, is hard ...
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Dupliverts Rotation

I'll try to explain as simple as possible. I have made some dupliverts as seen in the images. On IMG 01, I add the wireframe, at thickness 0.02 you can see on each vertex it has multiple mini ...
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Instance of my rocket and original model both displaying in render

I have a model of a ship and an instance of the ship i have disabled the original model from the view port but when i render both models appear like in the image below how do i only render the ...
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Why isn't instancing duplicating an object along a curve in 2.82?

Instancing is the name of the panel in 2.8. Instantiate child objects. This may have been called dupliverts and duplifaces in the past. I cannot get a simple curve duplicate instantiation to succeed ...
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Using collection instance causes grease pencil strokes to disappear

I am using a collection instance, and then mirroring it to mirror a drawing I created with Grease Pencil. However, there is an odd behavior of the strokes showing & disappearing. Here is a link ...
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Is there a way to array an object along multiple curves without having to duplicate the object for each curve

I am currently using array and curve modifiers to array a vertex along a curve and then instancing an object to that vertex in order to avoid the object getting warped or rotated while following the ...
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How to duplicate an object along an edge without warping or rotating it

I am trying to find a way to duplicate an object along an edge but the 3 different methods I can find either rotate the object; warp the object or give limited control. Here are images and ...
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Instancing - make real and join - duplicates itself

I made object A where the instances will go, parented object B to it, and activated ...
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How to add sprinkles to my donut using particles?

I want to add some sprinkles onto the top of my donut by using particles and their hair type. But when doing that the hair is pointing downwards and it's location is not on the top of the donut. How ...
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How to create object instances with unique properties in Blender?

Is it possible in Blender to create several instances of an object (Alt+D) and then to change some properties for one of them? (i.e. creating an instance with unique properties) In particular, I am ...
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Can't get my instanced objects/dupliverts to work

I'm trying to create a row of street lights, both the lamp pole and a spot light. Since i can't simply join these two and use an array + curve modifier to set this up (using an array modifier + a ...
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2.8x ADD-ON - I need an add-on to “paint” instances of an object over another object's surface

In 2.79 I used to use an add-on called "Paint Clones" which would allow me to basically paint instances of one or more objects over another object's surface with random scale/rotation. That add-on ...
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Why does holding 'Alt' while adding Instances to multiple empties not work? (On all selected)

I had noticed in one of the live streams, a few months ago, that Holding the 'Alt' key while editing multiple items is a secret trick I had previously been unaware of. It really opens up the ...
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How to get instanced object from particle system at location?

I need to check which object is instanced at a certain location. The particle system spawns a collection of objects either as is or with the “Use Count” feature. At the moment I found a way to get ...
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How do I apply materials to instances (alt+d) objects simultaneously?

I have applied materials simultaneously to individual objects with ctrl+l / materials, but the ald+d objects do not allow or show the applied materials. How do I apply a material, as I cannot even ...
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How to get modifiers of instanced objects to to refer to their respective object?

When I instance 2 objects, one having a modifier that refers to the other, if I make the instances real, the modifiers don't refer to their respective object. I tried every approach I could think of: -...
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Blender cycles motion blur and particles from particle instance

I have: - one particle system which act in some way - i have an object ( sphere ) which has particle instance on it. So it behaves like the particle instance. On that object i added second particle ...
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object creation with python very slow

We are in the need to create thousands of objects via python (sometimes up to 100.000) in the viewport, we managed to do so using collection instances inside other collection instances (with this ...
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Randomizing instanced objects

Here's the question, I am using face instancing to create foliage for leaves, but the result is quite uniform in terms of rotation. Is there a way to randomize rotation of the instanced objects?
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Instanced Objects Not Rotating When Mirrored

After instancing an object to the vertices of a line, when I apply a mirror modifier to that line (in this case, around an axis), the orientation of the instances does not rotate when mirrored (the ...
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Hide parent object without hiding the instanced children?

I have a cube, added a cone which I parented to the cube and instanced on the faces of the cube. Is it now possible to make the cube disappear?
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Animation nodes, instances orientation in a Dodecahedron

I'm trying to orient instances so that they align correctly to form same shape of the Mesh Object Input, here a pentagonal faces Dodecahedron. I've used Vertex Group Input to control the Guides param. ...
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How to call vertex groups in Animation nodes [SOLVED]

I would orient some instances by vertex normals, but i'd like to control orientation by vertex groups, to give z negative values to some instances, like in the pictures.is it possible? i've tried with ...
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Why don't metaballs show up in group instance? [closed]

I created a particle system, with metaballs as my object. I then added this particle system and a few other objects to a group. When I add a new instance of that group, the metaballs are not visible ...
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How to Instantiate Complex Collections With Variations?

Has anyone been able to instantiate complex collections with variations? Example: I have an elaborate light fixture with many objects and animations (all animations use Animation Nodes). Now I want ...
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Option to not align instanced object with face normals?

Hi i'm currently trying to set up a series of cubes on the centre faces of a surface, my problem is that I want them to remain straight and not orient themselves in line with the surface normals? I ...
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Is it possible to hide the instancer and only show instanced objects in render?

I have a question for you. I need to duplicate an object along a curve without deformation. Therefore I instance a plane along the curve. I made the cube a child of the plane and checked "Face" on the ...
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Instancing Objects infinte ammount of time?

I have modeled a modular kit wich consist of 9 objects and togethter around 1127 faces. Togethter places with some instancing of the objects i get one big Module. This Module consists of two floor ...
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Animate collection instance (material) independently?

I have an object collection (let's call it a Red Cube for simplicity) which has a "blinking" animation (via emission material + keyframed mix shader). Now, I want to create several instances of that ...