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

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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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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 ...
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Particle setting doesn't carry out when particle instance is applied

I have a flower head that I want to put on top of every hair. The issue is that i'm using the particle settings for the hay and the petals, and those two things doesn't move when I apply the particle ...
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Where can I find my collections? (Blender 2.8) [duplicate]

I just created a collection like a group in Blender 2.79. So I pressed Ctrl+G. I named my new collection. After that there is no sign of that collection. The outliner doesn't show it. There is now "...
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Advanced object instancing, to create a distributed network with specific rules… help

My project is simple - create a dynamic neural network, for a stellar animation. Using the skin modifier on a simple wireframe, I created an armature inside a softbody mesh. Next I need to instance ...
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Baking using Collection Instances (or Object face duplication) does not work

I'm setting up a 'Tiled texture studio', to do so I have set up a collection at 0,0,0 with numerous objects. I then create Collection instances at equal x and y offsets around the tile area. When I ...
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How to replicate around a sphere?

I want to replicate a protein structure over an icosahehedron. (A vesicle of protein structure shown is what we want to make) When I am instancing protein structure over icosahedron vertex it comes ...
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Change Object Index of Objects in a Collection Instance

If you make instanced copies of a bunch of objects (alt+D), then it is possible to give them different Object Indices from their originals. This is useful if you are using Object Index as a mix factor ...
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Can I get particle systems to render Group/Collection Instances inside a Group/Collection?

I was making some object groups for greeble. When I go to set up my particle to render randomly choosen objects in the Greeble collection, all of the instances only render their empties. Similarly, ...
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Display colored vertices in viewport

I have two clouds of naked vertices created from tree models - no faces, no edges. I want to assign different colors to these clouds so it is possible to better distinguish between them in the ...
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Link collection instance from external file using python

I am trying to write a simple addon that converts highpoly objects to a vertex cloud representation (more accurate display than bounds) using collection instances to create a kind of "proxy" version ...
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Is there any way to instance objects in hair particle system?

Instancing using the array modifier, render and view-port are blazingly fast. (At thousands of instances.) But, when I use particle hair system to distribute it out nicely, everything goes super slow....
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Instanced objects ignored when baking normals

So I've been following this tutorial on youtube on how to make tileable textures and I've tried making one on my own. When I tried baking I realised that the instanced objects where ignored in the ...
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Alternative to dupliframes in 2.8?

Is there some way how to instance objects along path/curve without deformation? All forums and questions I've found are related to 2.79 and they are all using dupliframes, however there is no such ...
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Linking value to another anywhere in blender 2.8

i want to link value from one value to another. sort of instancing but for values. for example in this case below: monkey red and monkey green have a mix color node that both drive them to white if ...
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Duplicating light along path in blender 2.8

I've been following 'Create an Underground Subway Scene in Blender' from BlenderGuru in youtube. When he started to duplicate the lights along the path using Duplicate menu in object tab he used an ...
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Instance Rotation over Lifetime

I want to have instances rotate randomly over time, seems an easy thing to code, how about it? I'm trying to make a sparkly / glittery surface to render and wrap around a human face model, or maybe ...
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Animating Animation node parameters…?

I am making an animation of atoms in random motion which decrease in speed along with the decreasing temperature. I made the atoms using animation nodes. Instanced sphere and added vector wiggle to ...
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Replace Every instances of an object by a 2.79duppligroup / 2.8CollectionInstance?doing this trough python?

hello i want to replace every instances of my asset with a 2.79duppligroup / 2.8CollectionInstance, with the same roientation and scale but i found no way to do this !? ctrl L dont work, = am i ...
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is there a modifier to slightly shrink/grow mesh so it doesn't overlap?

I have build a building model in Blender. You can see through it (semi-transparent) to view the floors of the building. Those floors are simple planes that have a boolean modifier on it. The object ...
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How to render a collection instance but not the original collection in blender 2.8?

I am using blender 2.8. This is a contrived example, I am working on another project with many 'assets'. I have created a collection called 'gizmo', grouped under 'Assets'. This is at (0,0,0) in ...
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Can you edit a instancing collection in Blender 2.8?

I want to instance a collection a few times. But when I want to change something I have to go back to the original collection which is not visible if i want to also see the instanced collection so ...
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Using Wave Modifier instances in Animation node

In animation nodes is it possible to take an object data path output and run it with an instancer? I am trying to give a ghost type effect to the wave modifier on text. Throught the wave of the ...
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Make unique proxy for many instances in linked file

Have one file with "window" which frame shape can be changed using bevel object. Frame has attached hook for scaling without affecting frame shape. Also have a "glass" mesh. Glass and frame are ...
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Converting particles (Render Type: Group) to objects is not working as expected

I have a Particle System with hundreds of particles. Their Render Type is set to Group. I want to convert such particles to separate objects. I tried "Make Duplicated Real" and clicking "Convert" in ...
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Blender 2.8 - Particle Instance not rendered

I am playing around with the newest Blender 2.8 Build for Windows 64bit blender-2.80.0-git.a205493426b-windows64 I tried to create a firework scene, where particles emit particles by using a ...
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Random color on multiple multi-component objects obtained by applying an array modifier

I have a shipping container made up of around 30 different meshes. I want 3200 containers stacked together, each with a single random colour of a selected gradient (red container, blue container, ...
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Assign random color to spline list

I created a spline list following this guide. Now I want to assign a different color to each spline using Cycle's random node, but it doesn't work because the splines are grouped into one object. My ...
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Not all particle instances rendering

I have a tree mesh with the following structure: • a base mesh ("tree.002") for the trunk and largest branches, with a hair particle system • a twig mesh ("branchmesh") instanced to the above particle ...
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Struggling with making an audience/public for an gladiator arena

I am a blender newbie, slowly catching up with the program and geting into 3D modeling. I've managed to create a huge arena model, and I have a lot of audience seats that should eventually be filled ...
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How to replace objects in scene with a group instance?

This is the new group I made.Hello blender community, Currently I have instanced a building's interior. However I need to Make a better version of each object. I have created a new group which has ...
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Armatures, instancing, and RAM use

I know that if you have a model duplicated with instancing, that the duplicates do not increase the RAM use when rendering. Does this apply if you have an instanced object where the instances have ...
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make link - object data but keep original scale

i have a city layout made of cubes of diffent sizes. im trying to replace those cubes with some building models while keeping the size of the cube. the tool make link(object data) get me close to ...
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Animation nodes Group instances

I want to know if there is anyway I can make random instances of a group or list of object in to a mesh. In the example I want to instance the 4 objects in to the 8 vertex of the big cube. I tried ...
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Animation Nodes: Object Instancer | Update instances & Splines from object origin

Experimenting again with animation nodes, I'd like my scene like: Have a cube in the center which I can copy n times with the Object Instancer node The cube has a Modifier (Wireframe) and its ...
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How to duplicate an object hierachy and keep the copies in sync?

I know I can duplicate an object using Alt+D, so that any edit I do in one of the instances will be reflected in the other instances, but what if I want to duplicate a group/object hierarchy, for ...
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Animation Node Loop with Randomized Color for Each Instance

Blender 2.79, Cycles, Animation Node add-on I'm trying to set up a node group to let me create stacks of books that will use the same UV mapped Image Texture, where I've randomized the X & Y on ...
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How to increase spacing between duplicated objects parented to a curve using *DupliFrame* ?

I have a plane that has been duplicated along a curve: I parented the plane to the curve (Ctrl+P) and then used DupliFrames on the plane to get the above scene. However, I want to increase the ...
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Instantiating objects and applying different material to them

I have a scene with hundreds of cylinders of different sizes and colours, which I create with a python script. Needless to say that they take a lot of memory. I just learnt about object instantiation ...
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Making objects from instances

I'm trying to create a random array from a group of objects and have used animation nodes as show in the screenshot. It works perfectly well and allows adjustment of the 'assortment' using the random ...
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Only last text block out put in Animation Nodes loop

I have an Animation Nodes loop that takes three text blocks and three text objects and outputs them. The debug is showing the individual texts are intact, but only the last text block is output. What ...
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Animation Nodes: Wait x seconds, output 0, then output random number (for input to object instancer)

I've been trying to figure this out for a while, but I'm kind of stuck. I have an Object Instancer that duplicates an object a random number of times (between 5 and 30) I want to have this number to ...
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How to ungroup a group instance

I've created a group consisting of a few objects, then created a few instances of that group. I now want to "ungroup" one of the instances, de-linking all of that instance's objects from the parent ...
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Wire color for group instances in Matcap Solid View in User Preferences

I want to capture Matcap shading and wires for workflow images. However, the wire color of the group instance is white in the Matcap view. I want black like any other object. I looked at all of the 3D ...