Duplicating Objects with Group

This guide demonstrates how to duplicate objects that are members of one or more object groups using C/C++.


When you duplicate a Rhino object which happens to be a member of a group, the duplicate object is (also) a member of that same group. Is there a quick way to duplicate a Rhino object and have the duplicated object be a member of a new group?


You can use the RhinoUpdateObjectGroups function. See rhinoSdkGrips.h for details.

Here is a sample of its usage:

CRhinoCommand::result CCommandTest::RunCommand( const CRhinoCommandContext& context )
  CRhinoGetObject go;
  go.SetCommandPrompt( L"Select objects to copy in-place" );
  go.EnableGroupSelect( TRUE );
  go.EnableSubObjectSelect( FALSE );
  go.GetObjects( 1, 0 );
  if( go.CommandResult() != CRhinoCommand::success )
    return go.CommandResult();

  ON_Xform xform;

  ON_2dexMap group_map;

  for( int i = 0; i < go.ObjectCount(); i++ )
    const CRhinoObject* object = go.Object(i).Object();
    if( object )
      CRhinoObject* duplicate = context.m_doc.TransformObject( object, xform, true, false, true );
      if( duplicate )
        RhinoUpdateObjectGroups( duplicate, group_map );


  return CRhinoCommand::success;