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I am currently trying to build a geometry node setup with the new Index Switch Node that can switch the assigned material of an object around, that I can just write 1, 2 or 3 into the Index Switch Index field and the cube becomes red, green or blue. This would also be very useful for a face and mouth material switch animation, like animating Lego figures.

I know that this already works with more complex Material Nodes setups, but it would also be cool to have a Geometry Nodes solution.

Something in my Geometry Nodes setup is wrong, when I write in different values in the Index Switch Index field the cube stays red.

Does anyone know how to get it working?

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    $\begingroup$ The Join Geometry node is useless - it joins geometry 😉 But in the upper socket you just plug a Set Material node with nothing in the Geometry input. So you join empty geometry with the cube to which you do not assign a new material. Plug the cube in the Set Material node and delete the Join Geometry. $\endgroup$ Mar 26 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ @GordonBrinkmann Thank you for the information, but... In what way do you want me to plug the cube? Is there a node for that that takes the object? What is that node called if yes? I have very little experience with geometry nodes $\endgroup$
    – user140193
    Mar 26 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ Do I understand you correctly that you basically have no real idea how Geometry Nodes work? Have you done any tutorials on Geometry Nodes? You said in the question you know this would work with more complex setups but you wanted to try the new Index Switch node... this made me think you know the GN basics. When you add Geometry Nodes to an object - in this case your cube - the original mesh (the cube) is fed into the nodetree through the Group Input node's Geometry output. The reason you still see the cube is because it is plugged into the Group Output node's Geometry input. $\endgroup$ Mar 26 at 20:03

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In the Set Material node you have no geometry plugged in to which you want to assign the material to, that's why you see nothing changing.

Assuming you want to change the material of the base object (the geometry you get from the Group Input node), plug it into the Geometry input of the Set Material node.

For the Index Switch node: you can plug Material nodes in there, but you could also simply choose them in the fields themselves. By default the switch node has only two inputs, but you can add more in the Node Properties with the Add Item button.

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