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Questions related to any kind of object. (mesh, text, curve, etc.)

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How to Add and Render Many Columns

I would like to render many buildings (say, about 50000) as simple columns on a flat plain in Blender. I have values for location (X,Y) and a height value. However, if I try to add more than a ...
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How to move object to a global position using hotkeys?

When I move an object using, for example GXO it has no effect at all. It seems like this kind of shortcut works relative to the current transformation. How can I use the same, except setting the ...
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Adjust the camera view actually separate all my objects [duplicate]

I would like to adjust the camera view, so I press the CtrkAlt0 to switch to the camera view window, then I try to adjust the camera window. Then, I press the G key, and try to move the view window ...
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Can I model imported CAD stl files [closed]

I want to import a CAD drawing in STL format, because it seems easier than trying to Model the drawing in Blender. I am unable to work with the surface textures, colors, and details to make it look ...
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How can I use a Python script to get the transformation of an object?

How can I use a Python script to obtain the exact coordinates of an object? I have not been able to find out how to do this in the documentation.
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Baking rigid body transformations

I have created a simulation using rigid bodies to create a nice pile of "things" that will be fairly realistic. Now I would like to save or bake these new positions and rotations from selected frame ...
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How to rename selected objects using python?

I want to rename a large number of items. Doing so manually could take quite some time. I want to use python to rename the object. To find out the python command for renaming I renamed an object ...
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Export separate objects as separate .obj [duplicate]

I want to export a selection of objects as .obj. I want each object as its own .obj. Is there a way to export individual .obj for each object selected? There does not seem to be an python reference ...
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Breaking a cylinder into sections in blender

I need to know how to cut a shape up into separate sections, for example, how can I cut a cylinder in half, so that I can animate the different sections pivot points, thus the cylinder opens out. ...
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How to convert sapling leaves to linked duplicates?

Is there some way to convert many separate pieces of geometry inside one object to many linked duplicate objects? For instance, sapling results in leaves that are all inside one object. I want to ...
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Is there a way to change Ray Visibility settings of linked objects?

I created a master object library file from which concrete projects can link in the objects needed for our scenes. The goal was that if we needed to touch up an object we could then do so in the ...
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Change the color of an empty?

I know what empties are for, but I'd like to change the colors of empties as a visual aid (for example, red for camera controls, green for object controls etc.) while animating. Is this possible?
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Save the 2D bounding box of an object in rendered image to a text file

I have a blend file with a moving object and want to save the object's bounding box positions (x, y, ...
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DupliFrames creating too few objects

I've followed this tutorial: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual/Modeling/Objects/Duplication/DupliFrames I've made a Curve > Path. I've then set frames under Path animation to 600 ...
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Save the bounding box position of an object in a text file

I have a .blend file found here and I'm asking if anyone could assist me to save the positions (x, y, width and height) of the bounding box of the moving object for every frame in the file attached, ...
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Get coordinates of object following curve using follow path constraint [duplicate]

I have an empty and a curve with locations both set at the origin (0,0,0) of my scene. The empty precisely follows the curve using a "follow path" constraint with the curve having "Path Animation" ...
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Apply transforms to linked objects?

Note: Vader's solution set me on the right track, but I ended up using this, as it goes a bit faster with large numbers of objects. Original question: Is it possible to directly apply transforms on ...
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How can I ensure a minimal precision of 1cm in my project?

I'm working on a project for some architects. I have following requirement: The maximal allowed error is 1cm. Many people will work on that plan for some years. I think every Object/Vertex may be ...
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Cell Fracture addon leaving unfractured boxes?

I have been trying to make a short clip of a bullet hitting a wine glass with wine in it, but I keep running into the same problem with the add-on. Every time I have used it the result has left me ...
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How to focus on the selected object?

In Maya if we have an object selected and we press F then the object is brought into focus and if no object is selected then all the objects in the scene are brought into focus. How can this be done ...
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Test if the mouse is over any object in the 3D View with python?

How can I find out if the mouse is over any object in the 3D View area with Python?
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Can I constrain an object size to Camera angle of view?

After I import "Images As Planes" (using addon) I would like to place the images in front of the camera like a rostrum, making the corners match the camera frame. Or perform the best fit of the height ...
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Multiply object and place at vertices with specific orientation

I have this object: And these vertices connected at their center: I want to multiply the object and place mutiples of it at the center of the different vertices, and have all the multiples ...
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Is there a way to add a specific modifier to more than one object?

I know you can copy the modifiers after adding it to one object, but is it possible to add one specific modifier to many objects at once? For instance, I have many objects with different modifiers ...
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Packing all UV Islands when Draw Other Objects is activated?

I wanted to pack all UV islands from separated meshes at the same time while the Draw other Objects function is activated. I already know the function to join the meshes with CtrlJ, but I get size ...
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How to iterate through all vertices of an object that contains multiple meshes?

I've learned that an object may contain multiple meshes. I want to export all vertices from all meshes. How do I iterate through them? Also, is there a simple way to know in advance the total count? ...
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How to model component pieces of a geometric solid?

I'm trying to make a model of the first atomic bomb's high explosive lens configuration: The shape is a truncated icosahedron composed of extruded octagons and pentagons. Modeling a single solid ...
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Trying to put color on part of object

I'm trying to make pokemon but I have some problem, i use circle select tool - C in edit mode to select part of object and then I put white color on that part but there are just some stains on the ...
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Blender Object keeps moving back to 0,0,0

I am new to blender, and I have just created a island using ANT landscapes, and I have build two boats for this. Two boats on island They are in this place when I am in object mode, but when I ...
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Sculpted object turns into a cube when I enter edit mode

I have just recently sculpted a Mesh Helmet model and I am needing it to export it for another program. When I switch the mesh into edit mode it turns into its original starting cube. Going into ...
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How do I join several objects into one?

I'm creating side skirts for a truck and I am duplicating the frames I want. The problem is it's making the duplicated object into another object. How do I put it into the same one?
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Cylinder with no cap ends invisible on the inside

So I'm having this problem with a cylinder. It has no cap ends and the insides don't show up in edit mode. I've already tried flipping and recalculating normals, it did not worked. I've tried creating ...
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How can I modify the mesh of a linked character?

I have a fun problem: In character.blend I have an armature and a mesh with shapekeys inside a Group. In a new scene (pose.blend...
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Align viewport view to object/Move object to viewport view

How do I align the viewport view so it is looking out of a selected object? How do I move an object to the viewport's view? This would be useful for placing some objects like lights where the viewport ...
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Setting the pivot point of an object [duplicate]

I have a sword that currently rotates around a pivot point thats off of the actual object. Im new to blender and im not sure how i would go about changing it so that the sword rotates around the ...
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How can I separate a single object file into multiple objects based on closed geometry?

Let's say you have a single obj with a number of separate closed 3D geometries in it. For example's sake, imagine you have an obj called neighborhoodfirehydrants.obj...
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When I link a blend file, why is the object showing up at 1/10th the scale?

I have two blend files. Both files use distance in meters. The first file is a character of 2.267 meters tall. The second file is a single handed axe of height 56 centimeters. When I link the axe ...
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Origin not updating with transforms

I moved the object below with the grab tool and the origin did not update. This occurs whenever the object is moved (with any transform tool, in any manner). Nothing in this scene has parenting. I ...
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How to distribute objects evenly?

how to distribute different objects evenly in Object Mode? I know about dupliverts, particles, array modifier, etc, but they do not serve as a good, general solution. EDIT: I have a scene with a ...
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Blender not exporting Ambient Coefficient in .MTL? [duplicate]

Here are my settings: Export settings: In '.mtl' ...
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How to make one object gradually disappear as it passes through another object

How to make one object gradually disappear as it passes through some object (e.g. teleportation gates)? How to make it gradually appear in other gates?
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How to import a .mtl file?

I am new to Blender. I downloaded a .obj file of a plant model. When I unzipped it I found two files (.obj and ...
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How to batch import Wavefront OBJ files?

Is it possible to batch import Wavefront .obj to blender? I'm working on 2.69. If I select multiple .obj files, only one gets imported. Also if I hit A on file selection window to select all files (....
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How to import NGONS from Lightwave to Blender?

I don't want meshes to be triangulated. Is there a way to keep Ngons when importing objects from Lightwave into Blender
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Is there a way to look at the inside of a cube or other object?

Is there any way that you can look at the inside of a cube and edit it from the inside? If so is there a way to see textured faces on the inside of a cube so they aren't transparent?
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Slice the top of a cone

So I just started working with Blender 2.6 and the two books I have don't really discuss how to modify objects other than "here's edit mode..." What I have is two cylinders with one slightly ...
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How to duplicate an object without duplicating animation data?

What is the easiest way to duplicate an object without it duplicating the animation as well? I thought I could simply change this in the user preferences by unchecking "action" but this doesn't seem ...
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How to apply transformations directly on mesh data?

I need to load some COLLADA files into a program that does not support any transformations (because it does not support scaling). I want to export these objects from a .blend file. Is there a way to ...
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Scaling the distance between objects [duplicate]

I've got a camera tracked to an empty, and I'd like to add keyframes with constant interpolate to have the camera "click" forward. How can I scale the distance between objects, without affecting ...
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Giving planes thickness in real-time display

I've got a bunch of planes that are perfectly lined up with the coordinate space, so I can't see them when I go to either front, side, or top view. Is it possible to give planes some thickness for the ...