Plane

VTKExamples/Cxx/GeometricObjects/Plane


Description

vtkPlaneSource object creates an m x n array of quadrilaterals arranged as a regular tiling in a plane.

The plane is defined by specifying an origin point, and then two other points that, together with the origin, define two axes for the plane. These axes do not have to be orthogonal - so you can create a parallelogram. (The axes must not be parallel.) The resolution of the plane (i.e., number of subdivisions) is controlled by the ivars XResolution and YResolution.

By default, the plane is centered at the origin and perpendicular to the z-axis, with width and height of length 1 and resolutions set to 1.

Other Languages

See (Python), (CSharp)

Question

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Code

Plane.cxx

#include <vtkPlaneSource.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
#include <vtkNamedColors.h>

#include <array>
#include <vtkProperty.h>

int main(int, char *[])
{
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkNamedColors> colors =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkNamedColors>::New();

  // Set the background color.
  std::array<unsigned char , 4> bkg{{26, 51, 77, 255}};
    colors->SetColor("BkgColor", bkg.data());


  // Create a plane
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPlaneSource> planeSource =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPlaneSource>::New();
  planeSource->SetCenter(1.0, 0.0, 0.0);
  planeSource->SetNormal(1.0, 0.0, 1.0);
  planeSource->Update();

  vtkPolyData* plane = planeSource->GetOutput();

  // Create a mapper and actor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  mapper->SetInputData(plane);

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);
  actor->GetProperty()->SetColor(colors->GetColor3d("Cyan").GetData());

  // Create a renderer, render window and interactor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->SetWindowName("Plane");
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);

  // Add the actors to the scene
  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(colors->GetColor3d("BkgColor").GetData());

  // Render and interact
  renderWindow->Render();
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.3 FATAL_ERROR)

project(Plane)

find_package(VTK COMPONENTS 
  vtkCommonColor
  vtkCommonCore
  vtkCommonDataModel
  vtkFiltersSources
  vtkInteractionStyle
  vtkRenderingCore
  vtkRenderingFreeType
  vtkRenderingOpenGL2 QUIET)
if (NOT VTK_FOUND)
  message("Skipping Plane: ${VTK_NOT_FOUND_MESSAGE}")
  return ()
endif()
message (STATUS "VTK_VERSION: ${VTK_VERSION}")
if (VTK_VERSION VERSION_LESS "8.90.0")
  # old system
  include(${VTK_USE_FILE})
  add_executable(Plane MACOSX_BUNDLE Plane.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(Plane PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else ()
  # include all components
  add_executable(Plane MACOSX_BUNDLE Plane.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(Plane PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
  # vtk_module_autoinit is needed
  vtk_module_autoinit(
    TARGETS Plane
    MODULES ${VTK_LIBRARIES}
    )
endif () 

Download and Build Plane

Click here to download Plane and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball Plane.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd Plane/build 

If VTK is installed:

cmake ..

If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:

cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..

Build the project:

make

and run it:

./Plane

WINDOWS USERS

Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.