I have a large model (roughly 400k faces) and a large number of points on this model (roughly 2000) and I need to calculate a normal per point based on the closest face on the model. Is there a faster way that isn't
n is the number of points and
m is the number of faces (e.g., raycasting or iterating through every face)?
I'm using THREE.js and the target hardware is a Toshiba tablet with Intel integrated graphics so I don't have a lot of power to work with. Currently if I compute this on load it takes about 10+ minutes.
I've been given the requirement that there shouldn't be any model specific information precomputed for each point so that we can use the points on a different model without recomputing everything and then have multiple datasets of point => normal mappings. This is currently what we are doing and it works but doesn't scale well to our needs.