Polyvox in Urho3D


Hello Urho3D Community! First post here been but I’ve been lurking for a while. Also wanted to say thanks to the Urho3D Team for fantastic work!

I’m working on an application that uses voxels for a research project. Naturally I drifted towards polyvox as a good library to start from. I’ve gotten all the basic framework together from the latest tutorial here: PV Tutorial

Since the tutorial caters to OpenGL I’m trying to fill in the blanks as best I can. I’m not native to 3D programming or voxels so I’m really just trying to get something to work in the simplest form.

What I have to get my mesh data into urho3D is below but i can’t imagine the process is so straight forward.

Currently I’m getting an pointer error with my vertex buffer.

Thanks, any help is much appreciated! :slight_smile:


class WorldGen
SharedPtr ib_;
SharedPtr vb_;
SharedPtr geom_;
SharedPtr testModel;
bool worldLoaded;
// Convert a PolyVox mesh to OpenGL index/vertex buffers. Inlined because it’s templatised.
void createSphereInVolume(PolyVox::RawVolume<uint8_t>& volData, float fRadius);
void render(Urho3D::Context* c, Urho3D::Scene* s);
template typename MeshType
void addMesh(const MeshType& surfaceMesh,Urho3D::Context Context_, const PolyVox::Vector3DInt32& translation = PolyVox::Vector3DInt32(0, 0, 0), float scale = 1.0f)
//Handle Buffers
vb_ = (new VertexBuffer(context_));
vb_->SetSize(surfaceMesh.getNoOfIndices(), MASK_POSITION);
//context_->vb_ = vb;
ib_ = (new IndexBuffer(context_));
ib_->SetSize(surfaceMesh.getNoOfVertices(), false);
//context_->ib_ = ib
worldLoaded = true;


WorldGen::WorldGen(void) : worldLoaded(false)
void WorldGen::createSphereInVolume(PolyVox::RawVolume<uint8_t>& volData, float fRadius)
//This vector hold the position of the center of the volume
PolyVox::Vector3DFloat v3dVolCenter(volData.getWidth() / 2, volData.getHeight() / 2, volData.getDepth() / 2);
//This three-level for loop iterates over every voxel in the volume
for (int z = 0; z < volData.getDepth(); z++)
for (int y = 0; y < volData.getHeight(); y++)
for (int x = 0; x < volData.getWidth(); x++)
//Store our current position as a vector…
PolyVox::Vector3DFloat v3dCurrentPos(x, y, z);
//And compute how far the current position is from the center of the volume
float fDistToCenter = (v3dCurrentPos - v3dVolCenter).length();
uint8_t uVoxelValue = 0;
//If the current voxel is less than ‘radius’ units from the center then we make it solid.
if (fDistToCenter <= fRadius)
//Our new voxel value
uVoxelValue = 255;
//Wrte the voxel value into the volume
volData.setVoxel(x, y, z, uVoxelValue);
void WorldGen::render(Urho3D::Context* context_, Urho3D::Scene* scene_)
geom_->SetVertexBuffer(0, vb_);
geom_->SetDrawRange(TRIANGLE_LIST, 0, ib_->GetIndexCount());
testModel->SetNumGeometryLodLevels(0, 1);
testModel->SetGeometry(0, 0, geom_);
// Define the model buffers and bounding box
PODVector emptyMorphRange;
//testModel->SetVertexBuffers(dlvbVector, emptyMorphRange, emptyMorphRange);
testModel->SetBoundingBox(BoundingBox(Vector3(-1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f), Vector3(1.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f)));
Node* testnodea = scene_->CreateChild(“testsModel”);
testnodea->SetScale(Vector3(1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f));
StaticModel* testObjecta = testnodea->CreateComponent();
testnodea->SetPosition(Vector3(-1.0f, 5.0f, 2.0f));



void CharacterDemo::TestArea()
ResourceCache* cache = GetSubsystem();
PolyVox::RawVolume<uint8_t> volData(PolyVox::Region(PolyVox::Vector3DInt32(0, 0, 0), PolyVox::Vector3DInt32(63, 63, 63)));
world_->createSphereInVolume(volData, 30);
auto mesh = PolyVox::extractCubicMesh(&volData, volData.getEnclosingRegion());
//auto mesh = extractMarchingCubesMesh(&volData, volData.getEnclosingRegion());
auto decodedMesh = PolyVox::decodeMesh(mesh);
world_->addMesh(decodedMesh, context_);
//Let us know that the world mesh has been decoded
//world_->worldLoaded = true;



I am no specialist and I might well be completely wrong, but it seems that you are using the wrong size for setting up the vertex and index buffer
it should be
vb_->SetSize(surfaceMesh.getNoOfVertices(), MASK_POSITION);
ib_->SetSize(surfaceMesh.getNoOfIndices(), false);
let me know if that works, I am also looking at polyvox and Urho