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Copy Limit Constraint – Blender 2.80 Fundamentals



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Copy Limit Constraint in Blender #

Copy Limit Constraint is a versatile and powerful constraint in Blender that allows you to control and limit the location, rotation, or scale of an object based on another object’s transformations. This constraint can be extremely useful for creating complex animations, mechanical assemblies, or rigs. This guide will provide an overview of the Copy Limit Constraint and its uses in Blender.

Adding a Copy Limit Constraint #

To add a Copy Limit Constraint, follow these steps:

  1. Select the object you want to apply the constraint to.
  2. In the Properties panel, navigate to the Object Constraints tab (identified by a chain icon).
  3. Click on the “Add Object Constraint” button and choose “Limit Location,” “Limit Rotation,” or “Limit Scale” from the dropdown menu, depending on your desired transformation limit.

Configuring Copy Limit Constraints #

Once you have added the Copy Limit Constraint, you will see its settings in the Object Constraints tab:

  • Limit Location: This constraint limits the location of the object within a specified range for each axis (X, Y, and Z).
    • To enable limits for an axis, check the corresponding boxes for minimum and maximum values.
    • Set the minimum and maximum location limits for each enabled axis using the input fields.
  • Limit Rotation: This constraint restricts the rotation of the object within a specified range for each axis (X, Y, and Z).
    • To enable rotation limits for an axis, check the corresponding boxes for minimum and maximum values.
    • Set the minimum and maximum rotation limits for each enabled axis using the input fields.
    • Choose the rotation mode (Euler or Quaternion) that matches your object’s rotation settings.
  • Limit Scale: This constraint constrains the scale of the object within a specified range for each axis (X, Y, and Z).
    • To enable scale limits for an axis, check the corresponding boxes for minimum and maximum values.
    • Set the minimum and maximum scale limits for each enabled axis using the input fields.

Use Cases for Copy Limit Constraints #

Here are some common use cases for Copy Limit Constraints in Blender:

  1. Mechanical Assemblies: Limit constraints can be used to create realistic animations for mechanical assemblies, ensuring that parts move only within their intended range.
  2. Character Rigging: Limit constraints can be applied to character rigs to prevent unnatural deformations or movement that would be impossible for the character to perform.
  3. Camera Movement: Limit constraints can be used to restrict camera movement within a specific area or along a specific path.

Copy Limit Constraints in Blender offer a powerful way to control and limit an object’s transformations based on specified values. By incorporating these constraints into your projects, you can create more realistic and intricate animations, rigs, and systems.

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