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Offline Wizumwalt

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« Posted 2004-06-12 21:03:41 »

Hey all,

What exactly is a 'mesh'? What I want to do is select a surface of my geometry (like a side of a tank or a plane) and draw the surface area like a wireframe of small tetrahedrons.

My friend told me that this wired surface is my mesh. Am I understand this right?

Offline nonnus29

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2004-06-12 23:32:57 »

No, a tetrahedron is a 4 sided object like a pyramid.  A mesh is made up of polygons (usually triangles) or a curved surface specified by a bezier patch.  The polygons are made up of vertices.  A vertex is a point in 3d or 2d space.  To render a bezier patch it can be converted to polygons, the number of polygons depends on how closely you desire to approximate the curve.
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