Displaying triangular mesh starting from vertexes and triangles


in my application, I first import a file in the .STL format, storing its vertexes and triangles in two different arrays, and then I try to represent the imported geometry using Opencascade (7.4.0). Te following is the code I'm using to display the geometry starting from vertexes and triangles (of course each triangle is individuated by three indexes, one for vertex):

        int l_tri_number = GetTrianglesCount(); // this function gives the number of the triangles in the imported STL file
        int l_vertex_number = GetVertexCount(); // this other function gives the number of vertexes (the duplicated vertexes are removed, so here I do not have a number equal to tri_number * 3, but a smaller one)
        TColgp_Array1OfPnt l_vertex_array(0, (l_vertex_number-1));
        for (long i_vert = 0; i_vert < l_vertex_number; i_vert++)
            Vector3 l_vert1;
           GetVertex(i_vert, l_vert1.x, l_vert1.y, l_vert1.z); // This function gets the three coordinates of the vertex with index i_vert           


        }    // end for (long i_vert = 0; i_vert < l_vertex_number; i_vert++)
        Poly_Array1OfTriangle l_tri_array(0, (l_tri_number-1));
        for (long i_tri = 0; i_tri < l_tri_number; i_tri++)
            int l_idx_vertex1;
            int l_idx_vertex2;
            int l_idx_vertex3;
           GetTrianglevertexIndexes(i_tri, l_idx_vertex1, l_idx_vertex2, l_idx_vertex3); // this function gives the indexes of the vertexes of the trinagle with index i_tri
            Poly_Triangle l_triangle;
            l_triangle.Set(l_idx_vertex1, l_idx_vertex2, l_idx_vertex3);
            l_tri_array.SetValue(i_tri, l_triangle);

        }    // end for (long i_tri = 0; i_tri < l_tri_number; i_tri++)
        //Poly_Triangulation l_poly(l_vertex_array, l_tri_array);
        Handle(Poly_Triangulation) triangulation_shape = new Poly_Triangulation(l_vertex_array, l_tri_array);
        //AIS_Triangulation l_mesh_tri(triangulation_shape);
        Handle(AIS_Triangulation) l_display_mesh = new AIS_Triangulation(triangulation_shape);
        myContext->Display(l_display_mesh, TRUE);

However the mesh is not displayed, I do not understand what I'm doing in the wrong way. Could you please help me to solve the problem??

Thank you very much in advance

Giovanni Bettega's picture

Hello, you should create a MeshVS_DataSource before, using your triangulation data.

class MeshFromPolyTriangulation: public MeshVS_DataSource


// constructor

MeshFromPolyTriangulation(const Handle(Poly_Triangulation) &aPolyTriangulation) { ... }

//! implement other methods of the abstact class MeshVS_Mesh, at least GetAllElements, GetAllNodes, GetGeom, GetNormal, GetNodesByElement

Create a MeshVS_Mesh interactive:and set the data source

Handle(MeshVS_Mesh) aMesh = new MeshVS_Mesh();

Handle(MeshFromPolyTriangulation) aMeshDS = new MeshFromPolyTriangulation(triangulation_shape);


Create a MeshVS_MeshPrsBuilder

Handle(MeshVS_MesgPrsBuilder) aBuilder = new MeshVS_MeshPrsBuilder();


Now you call call AIS_InterattiveContext::Displat(...) on aMesh

Play with display properties (color, mesh edges visibile Y/N, shrink, ...)