In my game, I have a mesh with a vertex buffer and index buffer up and running. The vertex buffer stores a Vector3 for the position and a Vector2 for the UV coordinate for each vertex. The index buffer is a list of ushorts. It works well, but I want to be able to use 3 discrete texture coordinates per triangle.

I assume I have to create another vertex buffer, but how do I even use it?

Here is my vertex/index buffer creation code:

// vertices is a Vertex[]
// indices is a ushort[]
// VertexDefs stores the vertex size (sizeof(float) * 5)

// vertex data
numVertices = vertices.Length;
DataStream data = new DataStream(VertexDefs.size * numVertices, true, true);
data.Position = 0;

// vertex buffer parameters
BufferDescription vbDesc = new BufferDescription()
    BindFlags = BindFlags.VertexBuffer,
    CpuAccessFlags = CpuAccessFlags.None,
    OptionFlags = ResourceOptionFlags.None,
    SizeInBytes = VertexDefs.size * numVertices,
    StructureByteStride = VertexDefs.size,
    Usage = ResourceUsage.Default

// create vertex buffer
vertexBuffer = new Buffer(Graphics.device, data, vbDesc);
vertexBufferBinding = new VertexBufferBinding(vertexBuffer, VertexDefs.size, 0);

// index data
numIndices = indices.Length;
data = new DataStream(sizeof(ushort) * numIndices, true, true);
data.Position = 0;

// index buffer parameters
BufferDescription ibDesc = new BufferDescription()
    BindFlags = BindFlags.IndexBuffer,
    CpuAccessFlags = CpuAccessFlags.None,
    OptionFlags = ResourceOptionFlags.None,
    SizeInBytes = sizeof(ushort) * numIndices,
    StructureByteStride = sizeof(ushort),
    Usage = ResourceUsage.Default

// create index buffer
indexBuffer = new Buffer(Graphics.device, data, ibDesc);

Engine.Log(MessageType.Success, string.Format("Mesh created with {0} vertices and {1} indices", numVertices, numIndices));

And my drawing code:

// ShaderEffect, ShaderTechnique, and ShaderPass all store effect data
// e is of type ShaderEffect

// get the technique
ShaderTechnique t;
if(!e.techniques.TryGetValue(techniqueName, out t))

// effect variables
e.SetMatrix("worldView", worldView);
e.SetMatrix("projection", projection);
e.SetResource("diffuseMap", texture);
e.SetSampler("textureSampler", sampler);

// set per-mesh/technique settings
Graphics.context.InputAssembler.SetVertexBuffers(0, vertexBufferBinding);
Graphics.context.InputAssembler.SetIndexBuffer(indexBuffer, SlimDX.DXGI.Format.R16_UInt, 0);
Graphics.context.PixelShader.SetSampler(sampler, 0);

// render for each pass
foreach(ShaderPass p in t.passes)
    Graphics.context.InputAssembler.InputLayout = p.layout;
    Graphics.context.DrawIndexed(numIndices, 0, 0);

How can I do this?


1 Answer 1


You don't need a separate vertex buffer, you can just put additional vertices in the same buffer. Rather than re-using vertices where faces meet, create a duplicate and set it's normal and texture coords to match the face that it belongs to.


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