[Numpy-discussion] constant shaded triangle mesh in mayavi2

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Sep 30 16:18:34 CDT 2010

On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 16:00, Geoffrey Irving <irving@naml.us> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 15:30, Geoffrey Irving <irving@naml.us> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I'm not sure where the correct place to ask questions about Mayavi, so
>>> feel free to redirect me elsewhere.
>> https://mail.enthought.com/mailman/listinfo/enthought-dev
>>> I have a triangle mesh with a bunch of data on each face.  The only
>>> color-relevant argument to triangular_mesh I know about is scalars,
>>> which is one value per vertex.  Is there a way to set color per
>>> triangle, ideally with control over rgb separately so I can visualize
>>> three different fields at once?
>> Pretty difficult, unfortunately. The only way I have found is to
>> assign UV texture coordinates to the vertices and slap on a texture.
>> Assigning the UV coordinates is usually not easy.
> Is this a limitation in VTK, TVTK, or the Mayavi python code?  The VTK
> documentation seems to imply it supports cell data on polygon meshes
> (though I don't know how one would set them):
>    http://www.vtk.org/doc/release/5.6/html/a01445.html
>    "Point and cell attribute values (e.g., scalars, vectors, etc.)
> also are represented"
> I'm happy to hack TVTK or Mayavi (in order of happiness) to support
> cell data if VTK supports it.

It's a VTK restriction. You can store whatever data you like on the on
the vertices or cells. There is no mapper (that I am aware of) that
takes that data and interprets them as RGB values on a per-vertex or
per-cell basis. There are mappers that turn scalar vertex and cell
attribute values into colors through a colormap table, but that's not
what you are asking for.

Robert Kern

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though it had an underlying truth."
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