3D Mini: Fun With Duplicate Special

Duplicate Special is a very powerful tool  that allows you to make copies of an object, but also change the attributes of each duplicated object.
Let’s start basic controls.

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Create a cube and then make 10 more copies with 2 units of space along the X-Axis.
First Translate the cubes X position to  -10.  Translate X: –10
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Make a 10 cube X 10 cube X 10 Cube.  Post in your Blog.

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Edit > Duplicate Special (open the options box)
There are 3 boxes to the right of Translate; they are not labeled but are as followed: X, Y, & Z
Translate the cube in the positive direction by 2 units for each copy.  Change Translate X to 2 and the Number of Copies to 10.   Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)
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Edit > Duplicate Special (open the options box)
There are 3 boxes to the right of Scale; they are not labeled but are as followed: X, Y, & Z
Repeat last step.  Translate the cube in the positive direction by 2 units for each copy.  Change Translate X to 2 and the Number of Copies to 10

Scale the cube in the positive Z direction by a  1.25 ratio for each copy.  Change Scale Z to 1.25 leave both X & Y as default.   Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)

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First scale your cube to 6 units in the Z direction.  Scale Z: 6

Edit > Duplicate Special
(open the options box)
There are 3 boxes to the right of Rotate; they are not labeled but are as followed: X, Y, & Z
Repeat last step.  Translate the cube in the positive X-direction but change the units to 1 for each copy.  Change Translate X to 1 and also change the Number of Copies to 20

Rotate the cube in the positive X direction by 20 degrees for each copy.  Change Rotate X to 20 Degrees leave both Y & Z as default (0).   Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)

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Repeat Last Step:  create a cube scale it to 6 units in the Z direction.  Scale Z: 6
This time we are going to move the pivot point.  Hit {Insert} on your keyboard to toggle move pivot on;  the manipulator changes shape.  I moved only in the z-direction to the left of the cube.   Hit {Insert} on your keyboard to toggle move pivot off;  the manipulator changes shape. 
  

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Edit > Duplicate Special (open the options box)
There are 3 boxes to the right of Rotate; they are not labeled but are as followed: X, Y, & Z
Repeat last step.  Translate the cube in the positive X-direction but change the units to 1 for each copy.  Change Translate X to 1 and also change the Number of Copies to 20

Rotate the cube in the positive X direction by  20 degrees for each copy.  Change Rotate X to 20 Degrees leave both Y & Z as default (0).   Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)

Looks a bit different than the last iteration because it is pivoting in a different location. 

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This time make a new object, position it off center by changing the pivot point.  

Repeat Step:  hit {Insert} on your keyboard to toggle move pivot on;  the manipulator changes shape.  I moved only in the z-direction to the left of the cube.   Hit {Insert} on your keyboard to toggle move pivot off;  the manipulator changes shape. 


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Edit > Duplicate Special (open the options box)
There are 3 boxes to the right of Rotate; they are not labeled but are as followed: X, Y, & Z
This time, Rotate the object in the positive Y direction by 18 degrees for each copy.  Change Rotate Y to 18 Degrees leave both Y & Z as default (0).   Change the Number of Copies to 19.   *We changed these settings because 20 goes into 360 degrees 18 times.
Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)

 

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This time make a new object, position it off center by changing the pivot point.  I used the same object, but just made it a lot bigger. 

Repeat Step:  hit {Insert} on your keyboard to toggle move pivot on;  the manipulator changes shape.  I moved only in the z-direction to the left of the cube.   Hit {Insert} on your keyboard to toggle move pivot off;  the manipulator changes shape. 

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Edit > Duplicate Special (open the options box)
This time we are going to scale and rotate, Rotate the object in the positive Y direction by 18 degrees for each copy and the Scale X, Y, & Z to a .75 ratio.  Change Rotate Y to 18 Degrees leave both Y & Z as default (0) and the Scale X, Y, & Z to a .75 ratio.   Change the Number of Copies to 19.   *We changed these settings because 20 goes into 360 degrees 18 times.
Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)

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This time repeated the previous steps, but also created multiple objects.  I grouped them together.  Select all the objects and press {Ctrl} + {g} to group them.  Then move the pivot point again.   

*If you deselect the group and want it back, select one object in the group and press the up  {⇧} key to move up the hierarchy tree until the group is selected.

 
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I just repeated the same settings as the previous iteration. 
Edit > Duplicate Special (open the options box)
Repeated Step: I scaled and rotated, Rotate the object in the positive Y direction by 18 degrees for each copy and the Scale X, Y, & Z to a .75 ratio.  Change Rotate Y to 18 Degrees leave both Y & Z as default (0) and the Scale X, Y, & Z to a .75 ratio.   Change the Number of Copies to 19.   *We changed these settings because 20 goes into 360 degrees 18 times.
Hit Duplicate Special or Apply (Hitting Apply keeps the window open versus closing it.)


What am I looking for?

Create 3 complex Duplicate Special Designs. For each design, create 2 screen shots:
  • One showing your Duplicate Special settings and your original shape.
  • One showing your final Duplicate Special design.