Ball Pen (blender addon)

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Version 1.5.0

  • Updated for compatibility for blender 3.6.0 and 4.0.0 !

Version 1.4.0

  • Updated for compatibility for blender 3.0.0 !

Version 1.3.4

- Added [ key and ] key for performing any action using mouse wheel.

so you can press Ctrl + [ ] key to change ball size, and [ ] key to change ball size during drawing.

Version 1.3.3

-Now you can hold Ctrl key when you use rectangle tube, it will draw on two endpoint on the surface!  It is a very convenient way to connect rectangle tubes :)

Version 1.3.2

- Add delete ! Now you can select stroke (right click) and press delete key to delete

- tablet pressure improve

Version 1.3.1

Now tablet pressure scale to brush size setting.

Version 1.3.0

- Now you can change brush size during drawing ! Just scroll the mouse wheel when you draw. The brush size will be changed temporary. Works for both sphere and rectangle mode.

- Experimental : added pen pressure support for tablet.

Version 1.2.1

- For tablet user : now you can change the ball size without mouse wheel scrolling !

Just hold down C key, then move your cursor Left or Right (Left : small, Right : large).

Version 1.2.0

- Now you can switch last stroke by Right-Click ! 

In order to Move or Rotate any previous stroked objects, you can Right Click on them, then press G or R key.

- Undo will remove the entire stroke, not just single ball !

- Bug fix and other improvements  :)

Version 1.1.1

Fixed user report bug (rotation)

Version 1.1.0

This is a huge update, added many functions :)

please read the usage again for new keys !


Ball Pen is my experimental tool in blender. 

You may think it as a "super snake hook". (some people say Z-sphere)

Sometimes I want to create meshes in 3D space by free hand drawing, for fast concept and solid, and no worry about topology.

- Fast

- Good for making monster, or backgrounds

- Remesh it

- Easier than sculpting


- In edit mode, right-click context menu to find the tool "Ball Pen". You don't have to select anything.

- Left mouse button to draw, you have to draw on top of something to start, then you can extend your line to anywhere. The depth is determined by view-plane

- Ctrl + Mouse wheel scroll to adjust ball size

- Ctrl + Left mouse button to draw with surface snapping. 

- Ctrl + Z to undo

- Q key to confirm the draw

- A key to switch to "rectangle" mode, it will create long box instead of sphere

- G key : move the last stroke

- R key : rotate the last stroke

- Right Click : Select objects (after select, you can press G to move and R to rotate)

If you want to use it in sculpting mode, you can tab to Edit mode when you sculpt, then use this tool, press Q to confirm. After using this tool, you can voxel remesh the mesh (blender's new sculpt remesh is powerful.)

Thank you for your interest.  :)

Please find me on twitter !

If you have time, please have a look to my another addon,

Grid Modeler

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Ball Pen (blender addon)

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