With the Convert Mesh Vertex to Entity addon, we can replace every vertex of a mesh with another object. This can be any object, like another mesh, a light, a camera, metaball, etc. In this article I show you a few tips using this addon.
Let’s start with an example.
So in our case we fill in Cube and on each vertex’s location will appear a Cube. Since we don’t need the original cube and the Circle mesh we delete it. So this is the result:
Well, for me the fun starts here. To show how that looks like, here a few more steps:
With scaling, rotation and translation on Local Axis we still have a lot of control on each Cube.
If you assign first one Modifier to one Cube (the active one), then you can copy that modifier to all selected Cubes with Ctrl+L. So I select all Cubes and be sure that one is active and the other ones selected. If you have it like in the previous screenshot, then press Shift and select a Cube. You will see then that the active Cube has a yellow outline and the others orange (selected).
Once that is done, we can add a modifier. Let’s choose for a Simple Deform Modifier on Z-Axis and on Taper. Now, press Ctrl+L and choose: Modifiers. As a result you see that all Cubes have now a Simple Deform Modifier with same settings assigned.
Next, go to the modifier and hold: Alt. While holding Alt, you adjust the Factor under Deform. This way you adjust for every Cube the Deform Factor of the Simple Modifier. The screenshot below shows the result so far.
This way, you can add as many modifiers as you want and adjust them for each cube. Next, I add a subsurf modifier and apply each modifier to every object. When we have the Cubes selected as shown in the screenshot above (one active and the other selected). Then I go to the modifier stack and apply the first modifier (simple deform in this case). You see a pop-up and choose to apply this kind of modifier on all the other objects as well. Same for the subsurf modifier. Last step is to press Ctrl+J to join all the objects to one mesh.
We can now remesh the object, see: properties panel > Object Data > Remesh. Set the Voxel Size around 0.05m and press Voxel Remesh. We have now the object re-meshed. To finish it, right click and choose: shade smooth and use a smooth modifier to smooth the mesh a bit out. Set the factor on 1 and repeat somewhere between 3 till 30 times (depends).
You might want to remesh it with another remesher, because the mesh is quite high poly. So far, here is the result:
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