Houdini 20.0 Nodes Geometry nodes

Point Replicate geometry node

Generates a cloud of points around the input points.

Since 12.5

The Point Replicate SOP creates clouds of points around the input points. Each initial cloud of points is generated in local space centered at zero and aligned along the z-axis, then transformed by the input point attributes according to the standard copying and instancing rules.

Performance is the main advantage of using this node to replicate large numbers of unique point clouds versus the Copy SOP.


The random placement of particles uses the id attribute on the input particles as a seed if present, and the Noise functions use the rest attribute to generated noise in rest position space if present. These two attributes make it possible to replicate stable noisy point clouds on top of particle simulations.



The input point group to replicate.

Keep Input Geometry

Do not delete the original input points.


Points Per Point

The number of points to generate per input point. This value can be further modified by an input point attribute if Generate From Attribute is enabled.

Generate From Attribute

Use an attribute value on the input points for the probability of generating points from each input point.


The name of the attribute value to use as a probability of generating points if Generate From Attribute is enabled. The attribute is expected to be a float attribute with values between 0 and 1, inclusive.



The shape of the generated point cloud before transformation to each input point.

The File and SOP shape options will read a custom shape from a file or external SOP, respectively, and create a shapeptnum attribute that holds which point in the File or SOP was used for each replicated point.


The spatial orientation in local space for 2-D and 1-D shapes.


The local center of the point cloud. For example, increasing the center Z parameter moves the cloud further along the alignment vector from the input point (usually the N or v attributes.)


The local size of the point cloud.

Uniform Scale

A uniform factor applied to the replicated point cloud scale, in addition to any scaling attributes on the input points.

Velocity Stretch

Apply an additional scale along the local Z-axis according to the speed of the input point, effectively stretching the replicated point cloud along the alignment vector.


Do not stretch by velocity.


Apply on top of any existing scale factors from the input points.

Ignore Geometry Scale

Ignore any scaling from the input points and use only the Velocity Scale. This setting is useful if you want to ignore any variations in the pscale attribute of the input points when scaling by velocity.

Velocity Scale

A scale applied to the input point speed before stretching by velocity.


The seed used to generate random particle clouds.

Quasi-Stratified Sampling

Use stratified sampling for a better spatial distribution of points within the random clouds, at a slight performance penalty.


Add Noise

Add noise to the replicated point cloud in local space. The noise will respect the input point’s rest attribute if present.

Noise Type

Specifies the noise type.


The scale of the noise. Decreasing frequency increases feature size.


Allows the noise field to be effectively moved through space.


The amplitude of the noise.


The amplitude reduction of higher frequency noise contributions.


Raises the noise to the given exponent.


The number of noise generations to use.


Copy Source Attributes

Copies attribute values from the input points to the replicated points.


The list of attributes to copy to the replicated points.

Inherit Velocity

The amount of velocity for the replicated points to inherit from the input points.

Radial Velocity

The amount of radial velocity to add to the replicated points based on their transformed positions away from the source input point.

Keep Source Attributes

Keep the internally created source point and source index attributes for each replicated point. The source point attribute holds the point number for the source input point; source index contains the index of the replicated point within its individual point cloud.

Source Point Attribute

When Keep Source Attributes is enabled, the number of the source point is stored in this attribute for each output point.

Source Index Attribute

The name of the attribute storing index of each output point within its individual point cloud (when Keep Source Attributes is enabled).

Create Output Group

Adds all replicated points to a point group.

Output Group

The name of the group to hold all replicated points if Create Output Group is enabled.

See also

Geometry nodes