SoVRMLExtrusion.3coin3 - Man Page

The SoVRMLExtrusion class is a a geometry node for extruding a cross section along a spine.


#include <Inventor/VRMLnodes/SoVRMLExtrusion.h>

Inherits SoVRMLGeometry.

Public Member Functions

virtual SoType getTypeId (void) const
SoVRMLExtrusion (void)
virtual void GLRender (SoGLRenderAction *action)
virtual void getPrimitiveCount (SoGetPrimitiveCountAction *action)
virtual void computeBBox (SoAction *action, SbBox3f &bbox, SbVec3f &center)

Static Public Member Functions

static SoType getClassTypeId (void)
static void initClass (void)

Public Attributes

SoSFBool beginCap
SoSFBool ccw
SoSFBool convex
SoSFFloat creaseAngle
SoMFVec2f crossSection
SoSFBool endCap
SoMFRotation orientation
SoMFVec2f scale
SoSFBool solid
SoMFVec3f spine

Protected Member Functions

virtual const SoFieldData * getFieldData (void) const
virtual ~SoVRMLExtrusion ()
virtual void notify (SoNotList *list)
virtual void generatePrimitives (SoAction *action)
virtual SoDetail * createTriangleDetail (SoRayPickAction *action, const SoPrimitiveVertex *v1, const SoPrimitiveVertex *v2, const SoPrimitiveVertex *v3, SoPickedPoint *pp)

Static Protected Member Functions

static const SoFieldData ** getFieldDataPtr (void)

Additional Inherited Members

Detailed Description

The SoVRMLExtrusion class is a a geometry node for extruding a cross section along a spine.

The detailed class documentation is taken verbatim from the VRML97 standard (ISO/IEC 14772-1:1997). It is copyright The Web3D Consortium, and is used by permission of the Consortium:

Extrusion {
  eventIn MFVec2f    set_crossSection
  eventIn MFRotation set_orientation
  eventIn MFVec2f    set_scale
  eventIn MFVec3f    set_spine
  field   SFBool     beginCap         TRUE
  field   SFBool     ccw              TRUE
  field   SFBool     convex           TRUE
  field   SFFloat    creaseAngle      0                # [0,inf)
  field   MFVec2f    crossSection     [ 1 1, 1 -1, -1 -1, -1 1, 1  1 ]    # (-inf,inf)
  field   SFBool     endCap           TRUE
  field   MFRotation orientation      0 0 1 0          # [-1,1],(-inf,inf)
  field   MFVec2f    scale            1 1              # (0,inf)
  field   SFBool     solid            TRUE
  field   MFVec3f    spine            [ 0 0 0, 0 1 0 ] # (-inf,inf)


The Extrusion node specifies geometric shapes based on a two dimensional cross-section extruded along a three dimensional spine in the local coordinate system. The cross-section can be scaled and rotated at each spine point to produce a wide variety of shapes. An Extrusion node is defined by:

Algorithmic description

Shapes are constructed as follows. The cross-section curve, which starts as a curve in the Y=0 plane, is first scaled about the origin by the first scale parameter (first value scales in X, second value scales in Z). It is then translated by the first spine point and oriented using the first orientation parameter (as explained later). The same procedure is followed to place a cross- section at the second spine point, using the second scale and orientation values. Corresponding vertices of the first and second cross-sections are then connected, forming a quadrilateral polygon between each pair of vertices. This same procedure is then repeated for the rest of the spine points, resulting in a surface extrusion along the spine.

The final orientation of each cross-section is computed by first orienting it relative to the spine segments on either side of point at which the cross-section is placed. This is known as the spine-aligned cross-section plane (SCP), and is designed to provide a smooth transition from one spine segment to the next (see Figure 6.6). The SCP is then rotated by the corresponding orientation value. This rotation is performed relative to the SCP. For example, to impart twist in the cross- section, a rotation about the Y-axis (0 1 0) would be used. Other orientations are valid and rotate the cross-section out of the SCP.

 Figure 6.6

The SCP is computed by first computing its Y-axis and Z-axis, then taking the cross product of these to determine the X-axis. These three axes are then used to determine the rotation value needed to rotate the Y=0 plane to the SCP. This results in a plane that is the approximate tangent of the spine at each point, as shown in Figure 6.6. First the Y-axis is determined, as follows:

Let n be the number of spines and let i be the index variable satisfying 0 <= i < n:


For all points other than the first or last: The Y-axis for spine[i] is found by normalizing the vector defined by (spine[i+1]




If the spine curve is closed: The SCP for the first and last points is the same and is found using (spine[1] - spine[n-2]) to compute the Y-axis.


If the spine curve is not closed: The Y-axis used for the first point is the vector from spine[0] to spine[1], and for the last it is the vector from spine[n-2] to spine[n-1].

The Z-axis is determined as follows:

Z = (spine[i+1] - spine[i]) × (spine[i-1] - spine[i])
Z = (spine[1] - spine[0]) × (spine[n-2] - spine[0])

Once the Y- and Z-axes have been computed, the X-axis can be calculated as their cross-product.

Special Cases

If the number of scale or orientation values is greater than the number of spine points, the excess values are ignored. If they contain one value, it is applied at all spine points. The results are undefined if the number of scale or orientation values is greater than one but less than the number of spine points. The scale values shall be positive.

If the three points used in computing the Z-axis are collinear, the cross-product is zero so the value from the previous point is used instead. If the Z-axis of the first point is undefined (because the spine is not closed and the first two spine segments are collinear) then the Z-axis for the first spine point with a defined Z-axis is used.

If the entire spine is collinear, the SCP is computed by finding the rotation of a vector along the positive Y-axis (v1) to the vector formed by the spine points (v2). The Y=0 plane is then rotated by this value. If two points are coincident, they both have the same SCP. If each point has a different orientation value, then the surface is constructed by connecting edges of the cross-sections as normal. This is useful in creating revolved surfaces.

Note: combining coincident and non-coincident spine segments, as well as other combinations, can lead to interpenetrating surfaces which the extrusion algorithm makes no attempt to avoid.

Common Cases

The following common cases are among the effects which are supported by the Extrusion node:

Other Fields

Extrusion has three parts: the sides, the beginCap (the surface at the initial end of the spine) and the endCap (the surface at the final end of the spine). The caps have an associated SFBool field that indicates whether each exists (TRUE) or doesn't exist (FALSE).

When the beginCap or endCap fields are specified as TRUE, planar cap surfaces will be generated regardless of whether the crossSection is a closed curve. If crossSection is not a closed curve, the caps are generated by adding a final point to crossSection that is equal to the initial point. An open surface can still have a cap, resulting (for a simple case) in a shape analogous to a soda can sliced in half vertically. These surfaces are generated even if spine is also a closed curve. If a field value is FALSE, the corresponding cap is not generated.

Texture coordinates are automatically generated by Extrusion nodes. Textures are mapped so that the coordinates range in the U direction from 0 to 1 along the crossSection curve (with 0 corresponding to the first point in crossSection and 1 to the last) and in the V direction from 0 to 1 along the spine curve (with 0 corresponding to the first listed spine point and 1 to the last). If either the endCap or beginCap exists, the crossSection curve is uniformly scaled and translated so that the larger dimension of the cross-section (X or Z) produces texture coordinates that range from 0.0 to 1.0. The beginCap and endCap textures' S and T directions correspond to the X and Z directions in which the crossSection coordinates are defined.

The browser shall automatically generate normals for the Extrusion node,using the creaseAngle field to determine if and how normals are smoothed across the surface. Normals for the caps are generated along the Y-axis of the SCP, with the ordering determined by viewing the cross-section from above (looking along the negative Y-axis of the SCP). By default, a beginCap with a counterclockwise ordering shall have a normal along the negative Y-axis. An endCap with a counterclockwise ordering shall have a normal along the positive Y-axis.

Each quadrilateral making up the sides of the extrusion are ordered from the bottom cross-section (the one at the earlier spine point) to the top. So, one quadrilateral has the points:

spine[0](crossSection[0], crossSection[1])
spine[1](crossSection[1], crossSection[0])

in that order. By default, normals for the sides are generated as described in 4.6.3, Shapes and geometry (

For instance, a circular crossSection with counter-clockwise ordering and the default spine form a cylinder. With solid TRUE and ccw TRUE, the cylinder is visible from the outside. Changing ccw to FALSE makes it visible from the inside. The ccw, solid, convex, and creaseAngle fields are described in 4.6.3, Shapes and geometry (

Constructor & Destructor Documentation

SoVRMLExtrusion::SoVRMLExtrusion (void)


SoVRMLExtrusion::~SoVRMLExtrusion () [protected], [virtual]


Member Function Documentation

SoType SoVRMLExtrusion::getTypeId (void) const [virtual]

Returns the type identification of an object derived from a class inheriting SoBase. This is used for run-time type checking and 'downward' casting.

Usage example:

void foo(SoNode * node)
  if (node->getTypeId() == SoFile::getClassTypeId()) {
    SoFile * filenode = (SoFile *)node;  // safe downward cast, knows the type

For application programmers wanting to extend the library with new nodes, engines, nodekits, draggers or others: this method needs to be overridden in all subclasses. This is typically done as part of setting up the full type system for extension classes, which is usually accomplished by using the pre-defined macros available through for instance Inventor/nodes/SoSubNode.h (SO_NODE_INIT_CLASS and SO_NODE_CONSTRUCTOR for node classes), Inventor/engines/SoSubEngine.h (for engine classes) and so on.

For more information on writing Coin extensions, see the class documentation of the toplevel superclasses for the various class groups.

Reimplemented from SoVRMLGeometry.

const SoFieldData * SoVRMLExtrusion::getFieldData (void) const [protected], [virtual]

Returns a pointer to the class-wide field data storage object for this instance. If no fields are present, returns NULL.

Reimplemented from SoVRMLGeometry.

void SoVRMLExtrusion::GLRender (SoGLRenderAction * action) [virtual]

Action method for the SoGLRenderAction.

This is called during rendering traversals. Nodes influencing the rendering state in any way or who wants to throw geometry primitives at OpenGL overrides this method.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

void SoVRMLExtrusion::getPrimitiveCount (SoGetPrimitiveCountAction * action) [virtual]

Action method for the SoGetPrimitiveCountAction.

Calculates the number of triangle, line segment and point primitives for the node and adds these to the counters of the action.

Nodes influencing how geometry nodes calculates their primitive count also overrides this method to change the relevant state variables.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

void SoVRMLExtrusion::computeBBox (SoAction * action, SbBox3f & box, SbVec3f & center) [virtual]

Implemented by SoShape subclasses to let the SoShape superclass know the exact size and weighted center point of the shape's bounding box.

The bounding box and center point should be calculated and returned in the local coordinate system.

The method implements action behavior for shape nodes for SoGetBoundingBoxAction. It is invoked from SoShape::getBoundingBox(). (Subclasses should not override SoNode::getBoundingBox().)

The box parameter sent in is guaranteed to be an empty box, while center is undefined upon function entry.

Implements SoShape.

void SoVRMLExtrusion::notify (SoNotList * l) [protected], [virtual]

Notifies all auditors for this instance when changes are made.

Reimplemented from SoVRMLGeometry.

void SoVRMLExtrusion::generatePrimitives (SoAction * action) [protected], [virtual]

The method implements action behavior for shape nodes for SoCallbackAction. It is invoked from SoShape::callback(). (Subclasses should not override SoNode::callback().)

The subclass implementations uses the convenience methods SoShape::beginShape(), SoShape::shapeVertex(), and SoShape::endShape(), with SoDetail instances, to pass the primitives making up the shape back to the caller.

Implements SoShape.

SoDetail * SoVRMLExtrusion::createTriangleDetail (SoRayPickAction * action, const SoPrimitiveVertex * v1, const SoPrimitiveVertex * v2, const SoPrimitiveVertex * v3, SoPickedPoint * pp) [protected], [virtual]

Will create triangle detail for a SoPickedPoint. This method will only be called internally, when generatePrimitives() is used for picking (SoShape::rayPick() is not overridden).

This method returns NULL in Open Inventor, and subclasses will need to override this method to create details for a SoPickedPoint.

This is not necessary with Coin. Of course, if you choose to override it, it will work in the same way as Open Inventor.

For this to work, you must supply a face or line detail when generating primitives. If you supply NULL for the detail argument in SoShape::beginShape(), you'll have to override this method.

Reimplemented from SoShape.


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Referenced By

The man page SoVRMLExtrusion.3coin2(3) is an alias of SoVRMLExtrusion.3coin3(3).

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