Questions tagged [path]

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Move another mesh along a surface when animating

I am trying to make an animated lock tumbler and the key pins should move along the contour of the key. My goal is to move the pins up when the key passes underneath them by using some sort of snap ...
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Access a blender file externally (from a python script)

I have a folder named "3D" with all my blender projects from the past year and I wanted to rename this folder to "3D_old" but if I do this, all the textures from my projects stop ...
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Make arrayed object properly follow/fit curve

For my arch viz projects I regularly need to place curbstones in various ways along streets, driveways, etc. Right now I have to place them all by hand and can only use the array (and curve) modifier ...
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Why doesn't Blender use Preferences->File Paths->Render->Render Output?

I want to save render outputs (including frames for animation rendering) in a particular directory. This can be done by setting the Startup file's Scene -> Output to that path. But it seems that if ...
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How to set default save location for an image?

Currently, when I have a rendered image (or any other kind of image) I want to save, the file browser always insists on starting the save location from my Documents folder. I would prefer to set a ...
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Get name of the opened file in the Text Editor [duplicate]

I need to get name of the opened file using blender script. Note: I need to get name through my addon, not through Blender Text Editor Something like that: bpy.data.texts["Text12"].name (...
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ColorRamp following musgrave islands

I'm trying to create islands using musgrave texture and i would like the ColorRamp colors to follow the shape of the islands that musgrave texture does. for now i got this: but i would like something ...
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My Blender v2.83 didn't show “follow path” after press Ctrl+P

Why are there no follow path options for the camera after pressing Ctrl+P?
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Create multiple different versions of project

I am working on a script that makes some changes to a Blender project file (for example, randomising material base colours) and then saves those changes to a new project file. I would like to create ...
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Solidifying SVG remains 2 dimensional

I am attempting to import a basic SVG enclosed path into Blender (2.8) and extrude it so that it becomes a solid. From other website resources, it seems that the best way to do that is to import the ...
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Blender 2.83+: Change directory path/folder in file import browser as default

After switching from 2.79a to 2.83 I encountered the difficulty that default path in file browser is path - "H:\Documents" and it cannot be changed. I tried to make the startup file like in ...
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How do I animate a hose along a path without deforming the lead it is attached to?

I followed this tutorial: http://www.rab3d.com/tut_blen_2-63_hooks.php 2 And got a nice hose and fitting with a tangent connection. For an animation I’d like to move the whole thing along (inside) ...
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Path tracing for arbitrary camera rendering

I am trying to implement a custom camera with large FOV in blender. I know, that Cycles render engine allows to use a fisheye lense, by it in not enough for me, I need a specific camera with ...
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How do I make a path animation last longer than 100 frames?

I've got a simple animation that lasts 250 frames and I am trying to create another animation within it but the "Parenting the object to the curve with the Follow Path" option stops after ...
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Creating a grid of tubes following a mathematical surface

I am creating a 3D mathematical surface using the "Add Mesh: Extra Objects" plugin, resulting in the mesh surface below: Ultimately, I would like to convert this surface into a grid of ...
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Sometimes if I attach the camera to an animation path lost its perspective view

I did a turntable animation and attached the camera to an animation path (circle) but when I see thru the camera view it looks like an ortho view rather than a perspective view. What can I do to solve ...
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How to access a follow path constrained object's location from a command line render

In Blender 2.82a, using Eevee as the render engine, I can access the following matrix_world attributes successfully to obtain the location of a Cube move in an animation using the "follow path" ...
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Walk cycle interrupted during repeat on a path animation

I'm a beginner animator. I am trying to animate a walk cycle along a circular path. When the animation repeats, the figure goes back to a point along the line and ruins the cycle. How do I fix this? ...
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Sphere distortion when attached to path

I'm new to Blender. Now I'm working on a low-poly model of Earth orbiting Sun and I have a strange problem. I added Follow Path constraint to my Earth so it follows elliptic path around the star. But ...
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How can i thicken a path? [duplicate]

So i have made a path and i have no idea how to make it thicker, Normally with meshes you scale them with S, but its my first time doing something with paths so i have no idea how to make them thicker....
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How do I turn on path influence while keeping the object's position?

When I go to turn on the influence a path has on an object, the object moves very far away. How do I make it such that the object will stay in the same global position while I turn on the path ...
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How do I make an object begin following a path, but only after a certain point?

I need to animate a ball moving up and through the inside of a robot. I have a path that is a child of the robot object, so it moves with the robot. The idea is that the robot will move up to where a ...
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Coming from Rhino3D - Can I perform something similar to curve sweeps with multiple profiles?

I'm wondering if I could get some help. I'm super new to a Blender, coming from using Rhino3D for jewellery projects for years for my work. I don't own a personal license for Rhino3D and the plugins I ...
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How do I use path tracking in a 3D space?

I am new to game engines and have a project of my own. I've created an aircraft game, but I am stuck at a certain point about path following. How do I make an enemy asset follow the player whilst the ...
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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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Problem in final render image with CYCLES!

Hi I' ve got this some problem during my last project in blender. I am using Cycles to render that scene, and somehow, the final image' s showing me this kinda box that seems like the path tracing ...
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Text along path does not work as expected

I have a text object that I want to go along path. The problem is, that the text moves only in 2 dimensions. I expected that the text will be on top of the curve, but it kept offset. But that is not ...
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Is there a way to have my second action animation start at the last location of my first action animation?

I have a scene with a character that will complete multiple action animations. The problem I keep running into is that when the character transitions from action 1(walk) to action 2(looking behind) ...
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How can I append an object from an external blender file using a relative path with Python?

How do I append a custom object from an external blender file using relative paths so I can pack the file with the addon? I can append the file easily with absolute path like this but I could fined ...
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How to make mesh grow to create form

I would like my mesh to grow to form this logo: I created a curve and made the mesh grow along it. The problem in with the 45º edges. See here better: Any hints please? Edit: I have tried using a ...
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Camera Path Constraint not working as wanted

I'm trying to make my Camera follow a path with a constraint but every time I change the offset, nothing moves except a dashed blue line follows the path in the exact way I'd want the camera to. I'm ...
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How do i get my object to move on the path allocated using the follow path constraint , while my animation is playing?

i made my object follow my spiral path using the follow path constraint and it is positioned correctly and it does follow the path but the moment i press space bar to play the animation then nothing ...
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NurbsPath and Beveling a BezierCircle

Good evening, I am fairly new to Blender. I have been unsuccessfully attempting to create a curved cylinder (i.e. a pipe) to follow a curve path. When I go to Geometry > Bevel > Object > Bezier ...
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Particle path display

I have more of an ignorance than a problem. So I did this thing: this is a simple simulation of particles and baking as a path, and transformed into curves. But when I do this Adding offset and ...
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Can't make my animated object follow a path

I made a spider with a walk animation. I would like to make it follow a path, so I made a bezier curve and tried to do what I've seen in tutorials, but nothing works. In fact, I don't know which part ...
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How do I extrude a shape along a curve in Blender 2.8

I can't find any posts on how to extrude a shape along a curve in Blender 2.8. Let's say I wanted to make a curved pipe. In Blender 2.7 I used 2 curves (1 path and 1 shape). With the path selected, ...
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How to move forward or any movement which has surface deform modifier

I have actually modeled a fish in blender and I had made surface deform modifier on the fish with the help of a youtube video. I wanted your help in moving the fish forward or in circular motion but ...
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Generate Curve from Motion Path of a Bone (to animate steering of a fork lift)

The bone in between the front wheels is following a Bezier curve (black) and the whole mesh of the forklift (all in one object) follows. I need the motion paths of the wheels (more precice of the ...
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Objects clamped to curve shift after moving or extruding the curve

heres an immage to show example (I updated the image) https://imgur.com/a/wOY5br9 Problem: Objects clamped to curve shift after moving or extruding the curve even tho its not supposed to do that. ...
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How do I add a camera so that it moves along a path while focusing on an object with Python?

How do I add a camera and script it so that it moves along a path while focusing on one object? I would also like to know how to have it rotating around the origin where one of the main objects of ...
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How to render the Trajectory of a Moving Object? [duplicate]

I want to use blender to draw a cycloid animation. I know the function, but is it possible to render the motion path of a vertex of a circle like the following video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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How to expand an object along a curve without destroying the mesh and just follows the shape of the curve?

I'm trying to recreate a sphere with selected vertex and expanding it along a curve seems like stretching the sphere. I know it's possible with metaballs and using particles but it's not as smooth ...
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Object's coordinates are not influenced by constraint's influence?

I'm trying to make a camera follow a path, starting from frame 150 and lasting 100 frames. So, I've keyed the influence parameter from 0 to 1 in the starting frame and then again from 1 to 0 on the ...
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Move scene objects according to camera path

So i have been trying a bit to hard to figure this one out. I want to be able to move all objects of a scene in a way that imitates a camera path. Here is a simple scene i created for testing. In ...
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How to only show the paths of Greace Pencil strokes?

I accidentally inputted a shortcut while drawing in a Greace Pencil object and now only the paths of the strokes are shown. Now I'm curious about what key combination it was and how to leave this ...
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How to reverse direction of object along path

I have a camera with the track to constraint added, and the camera is circling around a circle pointing at an object. Please can someone tell me how to make the camera move in the opposite direction? ...
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why follow path with duplication not in curve shape

I have a icosphere and a rectangle path. With the follow path selecting icosphere and path. Ctrl+P i made a follow path. In the properties of icosphere i on the duplication to frame. The icosphere not ...
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Initial animated particles on a force field path: How to control/hide?

I can hide the emitter easily and control the end where the particles "die out". Yet I'm also looking for a way to hide the initial portion of particles lumped up i front of the cue of a system with ...
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How to start in the middle of a path?

I want to animate a tube that follows a certain path, but is starting somewhere in the middle of the path. In the image below, I made two bezier curves, extended one with the path that should be ...
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How to add bezier curves (start and end) to a 'follow path' animation?

I added an object to a curve as a follow path animation but the animation seems too linear, I can only change the parameters of the curve as I see, how can I give it a proper start and end? (like a ...

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