This is a free addon for Blender 2.8 and above, that provides an advanced copy/paste functionality for 3D objects and edit-mode elements.
- Copy: saves the selection to a temporary file and stores metadata in the system’s text clipboard. Optionally can pack & store everything in text clipboard (e.g. to send over Internet / ensure no references to external files).
- Paste: in Object mode, appends or links the copied objects into the active scene. In Edit mode, inserts the copied elements into the active object (will try to perform object type conversion where possible). The pasting options can be adjusted in the operator redo panel.
- Cut: copies the selected objects or elements to the clipboard and immediately deletes them.
When registered, it will add the copy-pasting shortcuts to the keymaps. It will also add a “Copy/Paste” sub-menu to the 3D view’s “Object” menu (and its equivalents in edit modes), as well as to the object-mode context menu.
The original version of the addon (for Blender 2.5 - 2.7) is still available for historical purposes, but won’t be maintained/supported.