[Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

[Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby kirill2008 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:42 pm

Description: Little plug-in, which creates approximate 3d mesh from a set of selected construction points.

Usage: 1) put “pnts2mesh.rb” to “Google SketchUp 6\Plugins” folder
2) start SketchUp 6
3) draw some construction points (or import dxf file with points cloud)
4) select a set of construction points, which you want to be processed, on the screen
5) choose “Plugins>> Create 3d mesh from construction points...” command from the main menu
6) “Mesh Settings” input box appears, specify appropriate values for “Cells count” and click “Ok” (note: big values of “Cells count” takes a lot of time to process)

Videos of usage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM4foc0MLTU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZw-PwH9bDY
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby massimo » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:25 pm

Thanks Kirill, really a good plugin and it works fine!
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby Didier Bur » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:26 am

Hi Kirill,
Maybe a progress bar would be handy, because when generating a 20x20 mesh or higher takes a long time.
I've PM'ed you a version of your script with Todd's progress bar class (renamed to avoid any conflict with other scripts ;) ). It is based on the "m" size of mesh, that's-to-say if you select a 20x10 mesh, you'll get 5% by 5% progress numbers in the status bar.
Of course feel free to keep it or delete it, but users may think SU is frozen when creating big meshes :P .
Another question: is it due to the "z" calculation formula that the mesh doesn't "stick" to the construction points exactly ? or did I miss something ?
Best regards,

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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby kirill2008 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:29 pm

Thanks for feedback! Especially for progressbar, of course I keep it :thumb:
Didier, you did not miss about exactness... As I mentioned in description, plugin creates only approximate 3d mesh surface and it is really due to the "z" calculation formula.
I'm going to make it more accurate. I just need to adapt cumulative mesh length minimization algorithm from another project (more info: http://lss2008.livejournal.com/9938.html). Of course, it will take a little time ;)
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby Jim » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:41 pm

Need a test model?
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby ideas_arte » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:49 pm

This is very impressive, thank you very much! :D
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby kirill2008 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:35 pm

Jim wrote:Need a test model?

I'm afraid 'pnts2mesh.rb' will fail in such test :(
You see, plugin creates only rectangular 3d mesh and calculates only one z level for each x,y position. It has no enough power to process a bunny :oops:
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby Chris Fullmer » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:52 pm

Maybe a roadkill bunny that got squashed by a truck, so all its z values are the same? :)

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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby kirill2008 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:20 am

Chris Fullmer wrote:Maybe a roadkill bunny that got squashed by a truck, so all its z values are the same? :)

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Well... Actually a rectangular (not necessary flat) bunny would be more suitable, I guess :).

The initial 6000 points girl:


Failed 'pnts2mesh.rb' test:


Only rectangular hat is more or less succesful:


Well, the current algorithm is better when you've got few construction points and need to obtain a smooth rectangular piece of terrain (similar to the sandbox tool).

The plugin treats each construction point as a local extremum of the result surface.
If the points cloud is quite dense, then Constrained Delaunay Triangulation (CDT) is more proper choice.
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby mitcorb » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:00 pm

Hi, kirill2008:
Thank you for this timely and very useful plugin.
I am in the process of using it for a site topo.
I hope you can refine the z precision. Currently, I am correcting z's by moving the geometry one by one. This probably affects the local surrounding slopes and elevations and produces a surface no more accurate than leaving the z's alone.

You mentioned the Constrained Delaunay Triangulation. Is this available for use in Sketchup 6 or 7 through the User Interface?

Thanks once again.
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby Gaieus » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:08 pm

Hi Mitcorb,

You could either use points_cloud_triangulation (if you already have the points imported) or Cloud_V6 (if you "only" have the xyz data). Practically, both use the same (Delaunay) triangulation method - at least as far as I know.
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby mitcorb » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:00 pm

Thanks, Gaieus
I will give these a look.
I salute you for your tireless efforts.
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby kirill2008 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:47 pm

mitcorb wrote:Currently, I am correcting z's by moving the geometry one by one.

OMG, it's no good... I'll try to fix z calculation as soon as possible. But I guess you need to try alternative terrain generation tools also, because I doubt whether little (btw, experimental) plugin has enough power to perform complex topo site work.

mitcorb wrote:You mentioned the Constrained Delaunay Triangulation. Is this available for use in Sketchup 6 or 7 through the User Interface?

Yes it is available. If you have terrain contours (horizontals), then you may try to generate triangulated surface from contours. It is one of "Sand box tool" (built-in) possibilities.
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby mitcorb » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:00 pm

OK, thanks.
I did not realize that Sketchup was already using these concepts in its standard tools.
That is what is so good about this forum.

By the way, I am merely experimenting with the plugin and I do realize that the original intention of Sketchup was to be a "quick" vizualization tool. Actually, doing the tedious knitting to tweak a model is a learning process in itself, and having gone through the process, I feel that my learning curve is beginning to level out a bit, as far as modeling goes. (still much to learn about ruby and rendering)

Thanks again, I am having fun.
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Re: [Plugin] Create 3d mesh from construction points... ver 1.0

Postby kirill2008 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:55 am

mitcorb wrote:That is what is so good about this forum.

I agreee. This forum keeps very friendly atmosphere as well and it's great :thumb: and positive.
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