Blender Exploder Tool

by Studio Speets in Modifier Setups


Blender Exploder Tool v2.1


Motion graphics have never been easier.

Animating collections has never been easier.

Making exploded views has never been easier.



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Exploder Tool 2.0 is currently available! This update is free for everyone who owns Exploder Tool.










What does it do?


Blender Exploder Tool is a full fledged procedural system with multiple popular motion design effects and parameters that can be animated procedurally with Modifiers, Selections and Falloffs that you select from dropdown menus. It's a handy multi-tool companion for any Blender user that wants to create fast, instead of diving deep into Geometry Nodes for every project, which can slow down your workflow.


You can easily stage and animate large amounts of instances or create mesmerizing polygon effects on meshes. You can create cool motion design effects by exploding or manipulating the polygons of your meshes, creating particles swirls, crazy glitch art or beautiful reveal effects that make your meshes seem to assemble out of thin air. You can keyframe everything with expert precision or have things animate automatically by attaching Modifiers to the parameters. You can change the position, rotation, scale, extrusion (etc.) of instances and polygons by using modifiers like Noise modifier, Loop modifier, Sinewave modifier, Random modifier etc. By changing the parameters of these modifiers you can animate multiple parameters in no time! 


Exploded view

Blender Exploder Tool also allows you to easily make exploded views of your 3D models and show and animate all the meshes of the model in a visually appealing way. An exploded view is often seen in manuals for products you purchase, so you can easily see all the outer and internal components of a product, but it's also very popular in 3D animation for commercial use, because you can display the quality and features of 3D models or products your clients sell.

Blender Exploder Tool allows you to position and animate entire collections instead of only single objects, and speed up your workflow for complex scenes rich with models. This is all procedural and can be applied to any Collection in your scene with the click of a button, so you can easily swap 3D models to animate.


Plexus

Spawns a tube mesh around the edges of your input geometry.

Extrude

You can extrude the faces of all input geometry up to 4 times, and every level has an expansive Modifier section that allows you to create mesmerizing abstract and fractal animations without any keyframes. Switch the input geometry easily by selecting a different Collection in the Collection Selector section of Exploder Tool. That way you can quickly swap and try new meshes to extrude!

Spawn instances

Spawn a collection of your choice on the surface of the meshes you've put into Exploder Tool, you can scale them, translate them, rotate them etc. with keyframes or Modifiers.

Modifiers - Noise

You can animate everything with keyframes, or with Modifiers! Modifiers are selected from a dropdown menu and they multiply the value you put in the parameter above every Modifier dropdown menu. The Noise modifier multiplies the parameter value with an (animated) noise. 

Modifiers - Loop

Exploder Tool comes with Loop modifiers that loop the value you put into the parameter above the Modifier dropdown menu. You can also set the time it takes to complete the loop and the amount of steps it has to take for a stop motion effect. If you set the steps to 0, the effect is disabled and the animation is smooth.


Effortlessly animate thousands of objects







Blender Exploder Tool works well with the 4K Animated Grayscale Texture Loops and the X-Ray and Hologram shader pack




Lots of movement, only a few keyframes!

The beauty of this product is that it keeps your Timeline and Graph Editors clean. Animating 1 parameter can give awesome results, keyframe 1 or 2 more and you're done! Simple, clean, awesome results! This tool can be a HUGE timesaver, so you can worry about other things.

Have a cool smartphone model with lots of internal components? Make an exploded view with just one of the sliders to take apart every mesh and expose all the little details. Need to make a cool reveal animation of a digitally scanned environment? Use the sliders! Have a beautifully detailed model of your favorite sports car? Use the sliders!


Rich with built-in polygon effects for awesome motion graphics

Blender Exploder Tool features a rich set of effects in the Split Faces section of the tool, which allows you to split all the polygons of a mesh and explode those TOO. The faces of your models can be modulated with effects like Explode Split Faces, Noise Displacement, Scale, Rotate including a Sphere Falloff and Normal Filter to easily animate thousands of faces with ease.



Select effects, modifiers, falloffs and more from dropdown menus

Blender Exploder Tool is super easy to use, because everything is controlled from the Geometry Nodes panel with sliders and dropdown menus. Apply the same modifier to drive multiple parameters procedurally. You can select a Noise modifier from a dropdown menu for example, and use it to drive the position, rotation, scale and even extrusion of polygons - OR use the modifiers to drive animation parameters of large amounts of instances instead. Easily use Noise, Loop or other modifiers to drive the position, scale, rotation and more of thousands of instances. Ideal for large complex scenes or smaller but dense meshes with beautiful polygon FX.

Animating has never been easier.




Sphere falloff and linear falloff objects

Exploder Tool comes with a Sphere and Linear falloff, allowing you to further manipulate the procedural animations you're making.




100% Geometry Nodes based

Blender Exploder Tool has been 100% made in Geometry Nodes, and features some custom Node Groups to make everything well organized. All important parameters can be controlled from the Modifier window. That means no installations, no scripts that need to be run, no weird overlays or confusing UI's, no slow and unpredictable clicking of buttons and hoping for the best - just use the sliders and watch things move directly in the viewport, so you get instant visual feedback. You are fully in control of what's happening. 

There's absolutely no knowledge of Geometry Nodes required - all important parameters are in the Modifier window on the right of your screen.


Click + drag one of the Explode sliders and watch everything move right in the viewport. Keyframe it if you want!


Procedural workflow

Blender Exploder Tool allows you to position your models and even animate them in a procedural way. Since the tool references Collections in the Modifier window, you can always make it point to a different Collection, but keep your settings intact. That means you can quickly swap out models but apply the same settings or animation to different models, with the click of a button. Also, if you're using multiple Collections (the Tool supports up to 6 Collections), you can always swap meshes between Collections, by dragging meshes from one Collection to another. Say you have animated Collection 1 on the X axis, and Collection 2 on the Y axis, dragging meshes from Collection 1 (X axis) to Collection 2 (Y axis) will automatically update the animation from the X to Y axis. Don't like the change? Then quickly swap the meshes back - or not. You're in full control!


Easily swap Collections to explode and apply materials to specific Collections from the Modifier window


With Checkbox Explode and Curve Explode you can manipulate the positioning and animation even further. Checkbox Explode uses 1 slider and 3 checkboxes for the X, Y and Z axis. You only need to animate 1 slider, and can always quickly change the axis to explode in by checking the X, Y or Z axis. Curve Explode allows you influence the position and animation of objects with a Curve.


New in v1.45! Checkbox explode

Explode all objects inside a Collection with 1 slider, and select whether you want to explode on the X, Y or Z-axis by checking a checkbox. Easily try the best axis to explode in, and change animations of exploded meshes with the click of a mouse.


See Checkbox Explode in action in this video




New in v1.6! Noise Displace Instances

See video below for an explanation of this feature.



Very responsive

Blender Exploder Tool uses instances and vector math to achieve the exploded view effect, which is why it's very fast. There are a couple of functions that are a bit more demanding of your computer though, but they are all optional as you can check or uncheck the checkbox next to them and they are clearly labeled as "CPU heavy".


Here are some uses for the Blender Exploder Tool:

  • Animate stylish product renders for your clients
  • Create exploded views of CAD, STP, FBX, OBJ etc. Works on all kinds of meshes
  • Animate thousands of instances easily, fast
  • Create motion graphics with polygon effects
  • Create self assemble animations
  • Create reveal animations for objects or complete environments
  • Create mind bending digital art
  • Repurpose and kitbash new 3D models from old ones on your computer

If you can import it into Blender and it's made of multiple meshes, you can make an exploded view of it! Just use the sliders in this tool - super easy!




New in v1.5! Curve Explode

You can now use a Curve in your scene to guide the explode effect, and multiply how strong the X, Y or Z axis is affected by the Curve.



Curve Explode tutorial video




Who is this for?

  • Motion designers and graphic designers that need to make exploded views of products like smartphones, cars, buildings etc. for their clients, or for fun!
  • Animators that want to animate thousands of instances with very little effort
  • CAD and BIM modelers that need to explode their designs for better viewing and inspecting
  • Automotive designers / animators that need their car models to self assemble in beautiful renders
  • Artists and modelers that want to make new models from the 3D models on their hard drive
  • Artists that want to make unique digital art
  • Blender users that like time saving tools that seem quite simple, but can be surprisingly deep and usable in endless scenarios


Make your 3D models self assemble


Why do I need this?

It will make your clients’ product renders look awesome or save you a lot of time by animating everything in the scene at once. It can also be used for fun art projects. It’s a Swiss army knife of a tool, that does quite a lot, but the results can vary a lot depending on what kind of 3D models or entire scenes you use with it, and what settings you use. It can go quite deep, but it’s also very easy to learn and use, there is NO knowledge of Geometry Nodes required. Anyone can dive in and start using the sliders.

  • Huge time saver, very fast to animate thousands of objects right in the viewport
  • Animated exploded views are a visually satisfying effect that will impress your clients
  • Versatile tool usable in lots of scenarios, with lots of options
  • Fully controlled from the Geometry Nodes Modifier window - NO knowledge required, everybody can use this


Export animations

You can export animations as Alembics (.abc) with Blender's built in export function. Most 3D modeling and animation programs that support (animated) .abc have no trouble importing them.


New in v1.45! Asset browser version with thumbnail

Add the .blend download to your asset browser folder to drag and drop it right into your project! This method of importing does NOT import all the Collections (Layers). Rather have all Collections too? Then append the .blend and import all Collections instead.


Preparing your models for Blender Exploder Tool tutorial



Simplify Geometry tutorial



Split faces tutorial



Easily add material overrides to radically change the look (or not!)


Kill geometry or instances inside or outside a mesh of your choice



Position, scale and rotate all the polygons/faces in your Collections



Explode faces / polygons for crazy sci-fi, cyberpunk or glitch art too!



Create new 3D models from existing ones 


What else does it do?

  • 3 sliders (XYZ) to offset / correct  the position of the entire scene / 3D models used with the tool
  • Rotate the entire scene / 3D models 360° around the X, Y or Z axis
  • Scale the entire scene / 3D models uniformly
  • Scale individual polygons / faces of the entire scene / 3D models (X, Y or Z axis)
  • Rotate individual instances around their own axis (X, Y or Z sliders)
  • Rotate individual polygons / faces around their own axis (X, Y or Z sliders)
  • Delete random polygons / faces from 0 (none) to 1 (all) + change random seed
  • Delete all polygons within a cube volume + invert switch + select custom volume / mesh
  • Camera dependent backface culling + camera selector
  • Master material override switch + material selector
  • Material override switches for all 6 layers + 6 material selector
  • 6 Layers to explode in  X, Y or Z, rotate in XYZ and scale in XYZ + explode, rotate or scale EVERY object in viewport
  • All CPU heavy options can be checked / unchecked for increased performance (delete polygons, material override, explode polygons etc.)
  • Easily swap Collections (3D models) and materials in your scene from the Modifier window


How do I use it?

  1. Append the Blend file
  2. Import ALL the Collections
  3. Import a 3D model from your own model collection into Blender (make sure it’s made of multiple meshes)
  4. Put the 3D models in one of the 6 layers of the tool (or spread multiple meshes between Layers for more control)
  5. Start sliding or animating the sliders!

Is it not working? Try selecting all the meshes and go to the Viewport, press Object > Set Origin > Origin To Geometry and try again. Or take a look at the video on this page for more information.

Tutorial video

This video covers version 1.0 - the tool has been updated with more functions since making this video.

  • Geometry nodes project made with Blender
  • Use the explode slider to move the position of all your objects
  • Add your own objects to 1 of the 6 Collection layers
  • Use 1 slider to explode all objects and create an exploded view of your meshes
  • Uses clever math/logic to animate based on position of objects
  • Swap out your models in the Collection layers, but keep the same animation intact
  • Lots of highly customizable settings in the Modifier window, to make it your own (explode all objects, rotate, multiply the effect, material override, 6 layers with lots of control, position offset and more)
  • For quickest result, put everything in 1 layer, but if you want more control, split your meshes between 6 Collections
  • Rotate all objects as one, or rotate every mesh in your scene around their own axis (locally)
  • 6 layers with their own controls – explode, multiply effect, position offset, checkboxes for exploding in X, Y or Z axis
  • Explodes 3D models, and explodes their individual faces/polygons too!
  • Includes optional camera-based backface culling + random face deletion to save render time
  • Scales and rotates individual faces/polygons as well, with their own separate sliders
  • Swap between Collections (Layers) easily in the Modifier tab
  • Future updates of version 1.x are FREE for all purchasers
  • A percentage of the revenue goes to the Blender Development Fund!
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  • Be quick, this product will get updated regularly and the price might increase

Change log

  • New in v1.1 – material overrides for all 6 layers + master material override + explode individual faces/polygons!
  • New in v1.2 – Random face deletion by probability with random seed
  • New in v1.21 – Kill geometry inside or outside a (custom) volume
  • New in v1.3 - Explode XYZ, Add to position XYZ and Scale XYZ for all 6 Layers
  • New in v1.35 - Kill volume now deletes faces and/or instances + Camera FOV culling added
  • New in v1.4 - Noise displacement, filter split face normals to displace by vector + Sphere falloff (experimental)
  • New in v1.45 - Checkbox explode added back in to all layers
  • New in V1.5 - Curve explode added, use Curves to guide the explode effect
  • New in V1.55 - Curve explode added to all layers
  • New in V1.57 - Split faces and all its options now available in all layers
  • New in V1.6 - Displace noise for instances added, randomize explode added to all layers, sphere falloff moved up in menu, extra mode added to displace noise for faces
  • New in V1.65 - Every Tool category is now collapsible, simplify geometry effect (merge by distance) added, Normal filter slider can now influence multiple parameters, Delete random geo can now delete mesh OR split faces, Normal filter has probability slider added, Noise displacement for split faces has more options now
  • New in V1.66 - Lots of new features added to Split Faces, Normal filter and Falloff Sphere settings are moved to the parameters they influence and are no longer their separate foldout category. Foldouts rearranged to more closely resemble the Geometry Nodes node flow.
  • New in V2.0 - Modifier, Selector and Falloff system added for procedural animation of parameters within Exploder Tool.
  • New in V2.03 - Modifiers added to the Normal Selector (also known as Normal Filter) and new features for Curve Explode like follow along curve + modifiers, selectors and falloffs.

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