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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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Object instancing for 3D tileset

I've been using Blender to create a 3D tileset for a game. In my scene I have an object for each tile that I have built. When I want to test my tileset I make copies of the tile objects and place them ...
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converted particles on top of one another instead of simulation position (warning: contains bacon)

Got some bacon problems. I'm trying to fill a bag of bacon cubes and things were going well until was time to convert my particles. I've gather 6 different pieces of bacon in a collection; my bacon ...
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Blender: How do I unpack a linked instance to make changes to it?

Sorry, but I'm not too sure what the process is called. I basically created an exterior scene full of linked instances by going to: File>Link>Selecting Blend File>Collections>Selecting the ...
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Particles - collections and instances

I have created collections with characters that I'm using with particle emitters and I have questions about optimizing workflow. My first question is there possibility(or what Im doing wrong) to use ...
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Change mesh of animated object into multiple meshes for unity

I'm working with Unity, to create morph like effects. A bunch of spheres come together to form a "Shape" if you will. And then that "Shape" is animated (The exact hierarchy of the ...
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When I add a Collection Instance, I instead get an empty attached to nothing

This is very simple. I have a cylinder mesh sitting by itself in its own collection. Then I hit SHIFT-A, go down to Collection Instance and select the collection. However, I don't get a collection at ...
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Change face instance orientation

I'm trying to use the face instancing workflow, but I would like to rotate the instance orientation for some of the instancer faces. Using Alt+N (flip) will rotate the instance orientation 90 degrees, ...
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Replacing linked objects with instanced collections

I know how to replace Objects (Mesh data) (ctrl+L > Mesh data), but how do I replace a series of linked objects with an instanced collection? My example: I want to replace the stair steps with the ...
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Several different multi user objects to single user

What is the most effective workflow for making several (20) different multi-user models each into single user? My use case is: I have 3 different objects each distributed manually several times ...
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Reproducing the “From Instancer” example from the Blender documentation

Is anyone able to reproduce the From Instancer example from the Blender documentation? Checking the option From Instancer in the Texture Coordinate node gives no effect in Blender 2.83.2 for me. Here ...
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How to use an instanced object on a second loop

I have this object (Cube) and is being intanced 10 times, I need to istantiate (instance_xxxxx_x) another loop to get info about its location, is it posible? Blender 2.83.5 Animation nodes 2.1 (stable)...
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Offset walk cycle animation of collection instances (2.8)

Is it possible to have a collections instance of a character walking, and then offset each instances animation so that they aren't synchronized to walking at the same time? Thanks!
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Why are the instances on the right side turned 90 degrees?

The instancing objects were mirrored over so they should be identical. The rotations are all 0 0 0.
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How to make objects follow an elevated curve yet stand straight?

For a project I need to model a railing that follows a spiral staircase. I wanted to use a curve for this, but the poles always stand perpendicular to the curve. I want them to stand straight. (I used ...
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Blender question about collection instance's origin

Recently, I knew about collection instance. I want to make 9x9x9 cube with not using memory much. So I made 729 collection instance. But when I rotated cubes like image 3, cubes were moved to arrival ...
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loopable array along a curve

I've looked through the possible answers to my question. but nothing really... I have a spiral curve, and an object array'd to that with array, and curve modifiers. works fine, but I want to animate ...
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particle distribution with texture does only work in viewport

I want to distribute trees on a landscape (with a particle system) based on a texture. In the particle settings I chose the texture I wanted to use, and checked "Density" below the influence ...
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Using boxcutter on Instances

I've been creating a group of buildings (rough stage, just rectangles) as clones with ALT-D, and wanted the edit one of them, to have the changes applied to all. With normal edit mode functions that ...
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Array with random objects? [duplicate]

I have a collection of objects in my scene that I want to randomly duplicate in a similar fashion to the Array modifier. How would I go about doing this, would I need to program this function myself? ...
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Bug or feature: Apply transform (on parent/child/both) and instancing

Add object A (later:child) Add object B (parent) Parent object A to object B Rotate Object B (by 90°) Result: Object B (parent) shows a rotation of 90° Object A (child) shows a rotation of 0° I ...
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How can I count objects that are in a collection instance using Python?

I have this script which should count all the selected objects in the scene, but it doesn't. It cannot count the 6 monkeys that are part of a collection instance. Can you help me? ...
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How to keep triangles connected and the same shape, while modifying/transforming?

EDIT: All green triangles should keep the same shape as the purple triangle. They may not deform in any other way than location and rotation. If I work with modifiers the triangles keep deforming. I ...
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Collection Instances with different materials

I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to have linked objects (with the same mesh or the same set of modifiers) with different Materials? Duplication Linked (...
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How to make multiple light array objects follow curve path with rotation as well?

I was trying to array large amount of lamp posts across my scene with the lamp post being "face instancing" on a rectangle with array and curve modifiers. I want two light object located at each lamp,...
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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 ...