Hi I created a Mesh from a curve with a Bevel Object and now I need to UV map it.

It should become a rebar and needs the typical ripples at its sides as displacement. I created a seam and tried different unwrap methods. Actually I hoped that the generated texture coordinates would fit already but it is always stretched along the long part as shown in the picture.

How can I map it as an even cylinder along the mesh so that I can achieve the typical rebar look?

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You need the UV map to be flat and straight, as if the rebar was still straight.
The rings will then just follow the bent shape.

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UV Map
The UV Map is the most important thing here. It needs to be flat and straight.
Don't forget to cut off the end caps with seams, like I did.

I used the default Angle Based unwrap, which may/may not work in your case.
There's also an addon called UV Squares which comes with Blender and will do the work for you.

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Mapping Node
The Mapping node will allow you to precisely scale the texture.
Notice that in my case, the Y Scale is considerably smaller.
Also, don't forget to plug in the UV Map output.

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I used a generated wave texture for the rings. With a proper image texture you'll surely get better results.

Good luck.

  • $\begingroup$ Many thanks, I forgot to mark the seams at the caps and to scale. $\endgroup$ – Carsten H Dec 27 '19 at 6:40

If you check 'Use UV for Mapping' in a curve's Data tab > Texture Space panel, it doesn't need manual unwrapping. When converted to a mesh (if that's necessary,) the curve's length and circumference, (its geometric U and V) will be mapped to 0-1 in the texture UV of an automatically generated map.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you I tried that but it still gives me some distortion. But I guess it is because I started with a vertex, extruded and beveled it and converted the result back to a curve, because it was easier to create the shape with. Will try it with a curve from the beginning now. $\endgroup$ – Carsten H Dec 27 '19 at 12:49

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