I have a 3D surface with N vetrices and M faces. I also have independent numpy arrays for face normals, n, vertices coordinates, V, and the triangulation of the vertices in F.

For each vertex, I also have a function, f(iVertex) = h_i that defines how much the vertex should move along the local normal, which can be outward (positive h_i values) or inward (negative h_i values). In other words, displacing the vertices along the local normal are not uniform and is different from vertex to vertex according to the function f(iVertex).

The closest solution I found was posted here. However, I don't want my surface to get disintegrated and I want the faces to remain connected even after displacing the vertices. How can I move the vertices based on f efficiently in Blender using Python without disassembling the faces?


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I used an existing base mesh to test this, which is why the code I'm using might need some changes for you to be able to implement it.

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The most important thing here is lines 22-23:

d    = normal * h_i[i] # Current vertex's displacement value
v.co = V[i] + d        # Displace current vertex along normal

You calculate each vertex's new location by adding to it the displacement value, which is the h_i for that vertex X the face normal (which is a direction vector).

Here's the complete code:

import bpy, bmesh
import numpy as np

bm = bmesh.new()
bm.from_mesh( bpy.context.object.data )

worldMatrix = bpy.context.object.matrix_world

F   = bm.faces                                 # Face objects
V   = [ worldMatrix * v.co for v in bm.verts ] # Vert coordinates

# Generate a random number between -1 and 1 as a displacement value for each vertex
h_i = 2 * np.random.random( len( V ) ) - 1

# Perform displacement
# Iterate over faces (You might want to zip the face normals and triangulations here)
for f in F:
    normal = f.normal # get Face normal (your n value for this face)
    fVerts = f.verts  # List of face vertices (your "F" variable for this face)
    # Iterate over this face's vertices (F[face_index])
    for v in fVerts:
        i = v.index

        d    = normal * h_i[i] # Current vertex's displacement value
        v.co = V[i] + d        # Displace current vertex along normal

update_existing_mesh = True
if update_existing_mesh:
    bm.to_mesh( bpy.context.object.data )
else: # Generate a new mesh
    m = bpy.data.meshes.new( "Displaced" )
    bm.to_mesh( m )

    o = bpy.data.objects.new( "Displaced", m )
    bpy.context.scene.objects.link( o )
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your quick answer. As a side note, may I know how you recorded your screen for this answer? $\endgroup$ Apr 19, 2016 at 6:28
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    $\begingroup$ No problem :) Recorded with: screentogif.codeplex.com $\endgroup$
    – TLousky
    Apr 19, 2016 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed that the mesh is not modified and instead a new object is created. Is there any way that instead of creating a new one the current object is displaced and gets modified? $\endgroup$ Apr 19, 2016 at 22:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Ahmad, I updated the code to present both options $\endgroup$
    – TLousky
    Apr 20, 2016 at 5:23

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