I try to remove all the faces of different objects that have a certain material assigned to its face. But I can't get the select part to work.

import bpy
import bmesh

scene = bpy.context.scene

mat1 = bpy.data.materials['c1'] #This is the material name that I want

for ob in scene.objects: #For all objects
    if ob.type == 'MESH':
        for mat in ob.material_slots:
            if mat.material == mat1:

             mat.material.material_slot_select() # This doesnt work and i dont know if the later code work aswell
             me = ob.data

             bm = bmesh.from_edit_mesh(me)
             faces_select = [f for f in bm.faces if f.select] 

             bmesh.ops.delete(bm, geom=faces_select, context=5)  

             bmesh.update_edit_mesh(me, True)
    ob.select = False

What is wrong, what shall I write?


  • $\begingroup$ You can select faces based on material with Shift G > Material in edit mode.. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Jan 28 '15 at 7:27
import bpy
import bmesh

mat_c1 = bpy.data.materials['c1']

for ob in bpy.context.scene.objects:
    if ob.type == 'MESH':
        # get all the slot indexes to which mat_c1 is assigned
        c1_slots = [id for id, mat in enumerate(ob.data.materials) if mat == mat_c1]

        # you can also change active_material with
        # ob.active_material_index = some_number
        # and then run operators to deselect all faces and select material with
        # bpy.ops.material_slot_select()
        # but operators are bad so we will do it differently

        faces_mat_c1 = []
        bm = bmesh.new()
        # no need to swith into edit mode

        for face in bm.faces:
            if face.material_index in c1_slots:
                # face has mat_c1 assigned

        # delete faces with mat_c1
        bmesh.ops.delete(bm, geom=faces_mat_c1, context=5)
        ob.select = False
  • $\begingroup$ thank you for a really helpful answer! It worked perfectly! $\endgroup$ – Marcus Pousette Jan 28 '15 at 10:22
  • $\begingroup$ Glad it helped, you can mark it as correct for others to know, thx.) $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Jan 28 '15 at 10:38
  • $\begingroup$ @JaroslavJerrynoNovotny I want to go over all materials and select (or get indices of) faces to which that specific material has been applied to, without using bmesh (if possible). I haven't been able to find a good solution for doing that as of now. I would appreciate if you can take a look at my question here and see if you can offer a solution? $\endgroup$ – Amir Mar 17 '18 at 4:54

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