I have been using Blender for some time (for architectural work) and consider reasonably fluent at modelling.
However there is a whole topic area that I just don’t seem to be able to find an answer to:
I would like to be able to assemble a composite object - like a set of table and chairs, for example and to save it in a special blender file that would act like a sort of warehouse. Then, when building a specific project I could append a piece of furniture from that file. (I believe it is groups that I need here).
When I bring a group in, however, there is the risk that individual pieces of my object (cushions for example) can get separated from the rest. I would like to be able to pick up the whole group with a simple click (just as if it were a normal Blender object). As well as defining a group, I have tried parenting the individual sub-objects to one object that I want to be the owner and then marking the sub-objects non-selectable. This appears to work some of the time.
The other issue I have is with duplication. If I select the parent object and duplicate it, I only get a copy of that object and not the children (or am I mistaken ?)
You can see I am a little confused. I’d appreciate some advice on how to manage and manipulate a library of composite objects