"Chris R" <car### [at] comcastnet> wrote:
> For a new project, I wanted to model pieces of paper with curled edges, so I
> started looking at mesh2 objects, and how I could generate them
> I decided to write a bunch of Java code that I should be able to extend for
> generating meshes for other types of objects as well. I imagine all of it could
> be done as SDL macros, but the debugging tools for Java are much better, and I'm
> not so much a purist about the tools I use anymore.
> The first mesh2 tool I wrote models sheets of paper as a grid of vertices in the
> XZ plane. I give it a size and the number of vertices in each direction, and it
> creates the vertex_vectors, the face_indices, and a set of uv_indices assuming
> the texture to be applied will be the same size as the grid. It also assigns
> each vertex a vertical normal.
> I then wrote some code that can take an arbitrary line across the grid and a
> "curling radius", and the direction of the curl. It then moves the points that
> are "below" the curl (or above based on the curl direction), lines them up with
> a point on the curling axis, and creates a rotation of that point around the
> curling axis using the curling radius.
> Finally, there is code that will go and assign new normals to the vertices by
> averaging the computed normals of all of the faces in the mesh after the
> vertices have been moved.
> In the example below, the texture is provided from a png image of a piece of
> sheet music that I translated and scaled to match the size of the paper. I use
> an interior_texture with a gray pigment so the image doesn't bleed through.
> I think it looks right, so I think I'm doing the right thing with uv vectors and
> normals. The sample was created as a 100x100 unit sheet of paper, with 100x100
> vertices, and to my eyes it looks pretty smooth.
> The code isn't completely done yet. The example cheats in that the paper never
> curls around into a spiral. I need to figure out how to do that effectively,
> and then I could have some nice partially open scrolls for my scene. I'd also
> like to work on some transformations that could "wrinkle" the paper in
> interesting ways as well.
> -- Chris R.
I figured out the code to spiral for longer curls...
-- Chris R.
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