Geometric representations of objects in 3 dimensions. 3D-meshes are made up of a collection of triangles or other polygons, forming volumes and surfaces. They are commonly used for visual representations on computer screens.

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What uses are there for multiple UV maps on a model?

I'm trying to think of some reasons why there might be more than one UV map on a mesh. Usually I just unwrap the model, and the same UV map works for both the diffuse color texture, the bump map ...
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Creating mesh at run-time

I've a set of voxel data and I want to create a mesh out of it at run-time. I've looked into MeshBuilder and MeshHelper but I haven't found anything useful or a good tutorial how to use them. Can ...
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Why are my triangles not being drawn in the color I define?

I render a simple mash structure with Tao (don't think this is relevant) using DisplayList. Following code appears between int displayList = Gl.glGenLists(1); Gl.glNewList(displayList, ...
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Blender: How to merge two faces?

Initial Situation Using Blender 2.6, I often come to the same problematic setting: There are two faces on one straight line. My Aim I want to keep just one of the two selected faces, which you ...
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Missing triangles in model

I am having an issue where triangles in a model aren't being shown. The left is wireframe, the right is the finished image. For some reason a bunch of the triangles aren't being shown. The project ...
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Blender 2.6: How to Merge the Pros of Meshes and Surfaces

there are two interesting kinds of objects: Meshes and Surfaces. Each of them offers very cool features. Object Type Specific Features Nice Features of Surfaces: (for example) They're as scalable ...
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Finding if a point is inside of a mesh (Point-in-polyhedron)

How can I find if a point (Vector3) is inside of a mesh? Would this work for both concave and convex objects? I read somewhere that if you raycast in both directions of every axis (X, -X, Y, -Y, Z, ...
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Algorithm for creating spheres?

Does anyone have an algorithm for creating a sphere proceduraly with la amount of latitude lines, lo amount of longitude lines, and a radius of r? I need it to work with Unity, so the vertex positions ...
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Drawing a dynamic indicator for a field of view

My goal is to draw a dynamic indicator for a cube, which represents the field of view. The ideal indicator would look the same as in Metal Gear Solid(the blue ones): From what I have gathered, I ...
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Strange mesh import problem with Assimp and OpenGL

Using the assimp library for importing 3D data into an OpenGL application. I get some strange problems regarding indexing of the vertices: If I use the following code for importing vertex indices: ...
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Create edges in Blender

I've worked with 3DS Max in Uni and am trying to learn Blender. My problem is I know a lot of simple techniques from 3DS max that I'm having trouble translating into Blender. So my question is: ...
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Problem rendering a Wavefront mesh, nothing displays(VBO)

I'm having a problem with displaying my wavefront obj file using VBO's My fps counter slows down like there is something being drawn but I cannot see anything. Is it a problem with my loader? Or maybe ...
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Scaling Model in XNA, keep position

I am trying to create a little fun 3D game in XNA, but I am having some problems with scaling my models. I use models from random sites, so my battleship is for an example 10 times larger than my ...
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Procedural mesh generation from raytracer

I'm interested in applying the following technique: Define game objects using a object definition DSL similar to what you would use for a raytracer (e.g. POVRay) Use a specialised raytracer to ...
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What is a simple deformer in which vertices deform linearly with control points?

In my project I want to deform a complex mesh, using a simpler 'proxy' mesh. In effect, each vertex of the proxy/collision mesh will be a control point/bone, which should deform the vertices of the ...
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Realtime rendering using a ray tracing engine

I want to render an object that has a mesh with one million hexagonal elements(100 * 100 * 100). Lights, shadows and textures is not important and each element has a solid color. and finally, the ...
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3D Huge mesh rendering

I am writing a program, that as input, I have a huge (10^6 elements) 3d mesh (with hexagonal shaped elements), and I want to realtime render it, but not as real-time as a game. It just can show the ...
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Is there a standard way to store 3D meshes to easily communicate between libraries?

In a 3D game lots of different systems need to know about geometry data, however the only way they seem to be able to agree to on in representing it by an array of triangles. Can anyone recommend a ...
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Procedural Mesh: UV mapping

I made a procedural mesh and now I want to apply a texture to it. The problem is, I cannot get it to stick the way I want it to. The idea is to have the texture painted only once over the whole ...
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Static Meshes vs 3D models

What is the difference between static meshes and regular 3D models. I am very new to game development, and I am using UDK (Unreal Development Kit).
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Problem when animating MD5 model (GPU Skinning)

I'm trying to implement a GPU skinning version of the md5mesh.js by @tojiro (demo with CPU skinning) in WebGL (live demo of the project here, use WASD to move the camera around). The main concept is ...
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How does an AAA graphical workflow look like?

So this is how I understand it: An artist models the thing in Zbrush or Mudbox. It now has 10+ million polygon. He exports it in Zbrush as a normal map + low poly model. (this works?) The model now ...
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free asset library for panda3d [closed]

my game with panda3d is slowly taking form. It's still a mere testcase but I'd like to improve its visual. Since the assets from my previous projects don't fit this game I've used placeholders for the ...
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Creating a basic character skeleton from code

I'd like to have a procedural system that uses a string of data to create a 3d creature. The way I've thought to do this is to use the code to generate a simple creature skeleton (I'll get to the skin ...
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Are there established conventions for naming “directions” (width,height) in 3D?

I want to create a 3D game world where the players can modify the environment. I would like to bring it to the point where a power-user could even create "game objects" inside the application using ...
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How can I create my mesh so that textures applied to it are NOT rotated 90 degrees in Unity 3D?

I'm trying a really simple test in Unity 3D. I want to render a texture on the simplest plane possible. So, I've created a two-triangle plane in Blender, then imported it into Unity. From there, I ...
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real time mesh deformation with regards to environmental damage

I would like to be able to add this feature to my tech demo. At the moment bullets hit the walls and little pieces fly out of them, as well as decals appearing on the walls. However, now computing ...
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how large should a map be in blender

I'm learning blender and am wondering what size(blender units) I should be making my characters and maps. should i consider 1 blender unit as 1 inch, foot, meter or does it not not matter?
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What is the best way to store meshes or 3d models in a class

I am wondering, how I should store my mesh into memory after loading it from whatever file. I have Questions floating in my head: Should a mesh could have sub meshes or does the 3d model just store ...
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How can I select and scale an edge loop within Blender?

I'm a web developer looking into game development as a hobby for fun and the challenge. I have just started learning blender 2.6. I am currently doing a tutorial at ...
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What name (if any) applies to this particular 3D rendering technique?

Is there a name for this technique where when instead of rendering certain polygons, you just calculate a few key points and do the drawings in 2d? For instance, instead of rendering a sphere, you ...
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BoundingBox created from mesh to origin, making it bigger

I'm working on a level-based survival game and I want to design my scenes in Maya and export them as a single model (with multiple meshes) into XNA. My problem is that when I try to create Bounding ...
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Importing FBX with multiple meshes in UDK

I need to import into UDK a several amount of FBX models (representing buildings) which are composed by various submeshes (walls, windows, roof...). I need to keep the individual meshes (can't use the ...
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What is a decent polygon count for minimal spherical objects?

I am creating a model pack for a game and I am having a hard time deciding how many sides I should start with for the low poly props made from cylinders and spheres. Take an apple for example. I want ...
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Where can I find free or buy “next-gen” 3D Assets? [closed]

Usually I buy 3D Assets from sites like turbosquid.com or similar. My problem is that I have lately implemented glow, normal maps, specular (and specular power) maps and reflection maps and I can't ...
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How can I see the height of an object within Blender?

I'm fairly new to Blender. I know there is the "Transform" section in the Object menu of the Properties tab, which contains Location/Rotation/Scale of a selected object. What I'd like to know is if ...
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C/C++ code to generate texture coordinates for a curved surface

I have a triangular mesh of a surface curved in two directions, e.g. a sphere. It is therefore not possible to roll this surface flat (essentially specifying a mapping to U,V texture coordinates) ...
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Should I use different object types for different kind of 3D meshes?

well... I'm building the animation system of my game engine (the skeletal and skinned animation stuff), and I came to a point where I added so much functionality in the frame and node structures ...
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What is the difference between the marching cubes algorithm and metaballs?

After doing some research, I found out about the marching cubes algorithm and "metaballs". How exactly do they differ?
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Can i tell if a Vertex Tree is a solid shape?

if a Vertex looks like this: struct vertex { vec3 point; vertex [] connected; }; Can I tell if this makes a solid shape with no holes? (e.g a sphere or a cube, NOT a sphere with a side ...
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Best way to traverse triangles in a mesh

I'm implementing non-projective decals. As described in many places (ie: lengyel in the gpg2) I first need to detect all triangles that lie within some sort of frustum. Besides obvious brute-force ...
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How to dynamically animate a part of a 3d model towards something

I'm curious about how this sort of animation is typically done code-wise. A few examples: A character picks something up - only hand is animated towards the target ...
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what algorithms exist for combining multiple triangle meshes into one mesh

Let's say I have a terrain mesh of some triangles, and several smaller meshes which I want to add to that terrain mesh (think ground and some small mounds or berms for example). What would I look for ...
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C++ SDL, Opengl 3D Game

I have been learning C++ for long time (but only learning game development for eight days) and I have made a simple game using 2D textures. I was thinking of starting on 3D game development. I wanted ...
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Polygon count target range for MMO being released in 2 years

What would a realistic poly count target range be for NPC and player models in a 3D MMO that will be released in 2 years? What about poly count target range for the entire camera view (environment, ...
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Does md2 support skeletal meshes?

I'm creating an FPS game. I'm writing my own game engine. So far all the backend stuff is going great. I'd like to support md2 as the native file format for 3D Objects, but I also want to use skeletal ...
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Triangle accuracy picking for animated models in XNA

I can do picking with triangle-accuracy for non-animated models, but I also have animated models in my game. How do I do picking on animated models? I use code based on this project for animation. ...
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Faster way to draw dynamic meshes in OpenGL ES

I'm writing a 3D game which is going to inlcude some dynamic meshes. For now, my code looks like this : private float[] mVertices; private FloatBuffer mVertexBuffer; public void onDrawFrame(GL10 ...
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Understanding .obj file

I downloaded a 3d model of a car. By judging by the skins and images available model treats wheels and car body as separate nodes. I want to access its child nodes (wheels) to specify animation. But ...
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ways to make a physics engine

Hey so i've been looking into real time physics engines, which led me to the crazyLaggoa multiphysics engine by thiaga costa, and brought up the question of: What are some possible ways, ideas that ...