TubesFromSplines

VTKExamples/Cxx/VisualizationAlgorithms/TubesFromSplines


Description

This example shows how to interpolate a set of points and generate tubes around the resulting polyline. Scalars associated with the points are also interpolated and used to vary the radius of the tube.

Note

This example was inspired by a question asked by ''Adam Sankowski''.

Code

TubesFromSplines.cxx

#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>

#include <vtkParametricFunctionSource.h>
#include <vtkTupleInterpolator.h>
#include <vtkTubeFilter.h>
#include <vtkParametricSpline.h>

#include <vtkDoubleArray.h>
#include <vtkPoints.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPointData.h>

#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>

int main(int, char *[])
{
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPoints> points =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPoints>::New();
  points->InsertPoint(0,1,0,0);
  points->InsertPoint(1,2,0,0);
  points->InsertPoint(2,3,1,0);
  points->InsertPoint(3,4,1,0);
  points->InsertPoint(4,5,0,0);
  points->InsertPoint(5,6,0,0);

  // Fit a spline to the points
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkParametricSpline> spline =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkParametricSpline>::New();
  spline->SetPoints(points);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkParametricFunctionSource> functionSource =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkParametricFunctionSource>::New();
  functionSource->SetParametricFunction(spline);
  functionSource->SetUResolution(10 * points->GetNumberOfPoints());
  functionSource->Update();

  // Interpolate the scalars
  double rad;
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkTupleInterpolator> interpolatedRadius =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkTupleInterpolator> ::New();
  interpolatedRadius->SetInterpolationTypeToLinear();
  interpolatedRadius->SetNumberOfComponents(1);
  rad = .2; interpolatedRadius->AddTuple(0,&rad);
  rad = .2; interpolatedRadius->AddTuple(1,&rad);
  rad = .2; interpolatedRadius->AddTuple(2,&rad);
  rad = .1; interpolatedRadius->AddTuple(3,&rad);
  rad = .1; interpolatedRadius->AddTuple(4,&rad);
  rad = .1; interpolatedRadius->AddTuple(5,&rad);

  // Generate the radius scalars
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkDoubleArray> tubeRadius =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkDoubleArray>::New();
  unsigned int n = functionSource->GetOutput()->GetNumberOfPoints();
  tubeRadius->SetNumberOfTuples(n);
  tubeRadius->SetName("TubeRadius");
  double tMin = interpolatedRadius->GetMinimumT();
  double tMax = interpolatedRadius->GetMaximumT();
  double r;
  for (unsigned int i = 0; i < n; ++i)
  {
    double t = (tMax - tMin) / (n - 1) * i + tMin;
    interpolatedRadius->InterpolateTuple(t, &r);
    tubeRadius->SetTuple1(i, r);
  }

  // Add the scalars to the polydata
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData> tubePolyData =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData>::New();
  tubePolyData = functionSource->GetOutput();
  tubePolyData->GetPointData()->AddArray(tubeRadius);
  tubePolyData->GetPointData()->SetActiveScalars("TubeRadius");

  // Create the tubes
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkTubeFilter> tuber =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkTubeFilter>::New();
  tuber->SetInputData(tubePolyData);
  tuber->SetNumberOfSides(20);
  tuber->SetVaryRadiusToVaryRadiusByAbsoluteScalar();

  //--------------
  // Setup actors and mappers
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> lineMapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  lineMapper->SetInputData(tubePolyData);
  lineMapper->SetScalarRange(tubePolyData->GetScalarRange());

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> tubeMapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  tubeMapper->SetInputConnection(tuber->GetOutputPort());
  tubeMapper->SetScalarRange(tubePolyData->GetScalarRange());

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> lineActor = vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  lineActor->SetMapper(lineMapper);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> tubeActor = vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  tubeActor->SetMapper(tubeMapper);

  // Setup render window, renderer, and interactor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);
  renderer->AddActor(lineActor);
  renderer->AddActor(tubeActor);
  renderer->SetBackground(.4, .5, .6);
  renderWindow->Render();
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.3 FATAL_ERROR)

project(TubesFromSplines)

find_package(VTK COMPONENTS 
  vtkCommonComputationalGeometry
  vtkCommonCore
  vtkCommonDataModel
  vtkFiltersCore
  vtkFiltersSources
  vtkInteractionStyle
  vtkRenderingCore
  vtkRenderingFreeType
  vtkRenderingOpenGL2 QUIET)
if (NOT VTK_FOUND)
  message("Skipping TubesFromSplines: ${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(TubesFromSplines MACOSX_BUNDLE TubesFromSplines.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(TubesFromSplines PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else ()
  # include all components
  add_executable(TubesFromSplines MACOSX_BUNDLE TubesFromSplines.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(TubesFromSplines PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
  # vtk_module_autoinit is needed
  vtk_module_autoinit(
    TARGETS TubesFromSplines
    MODULES ${VTK_LIBRARIES}
    )
endif () 

Download and Build TubesFromSplines

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

cd TubesFromSplines/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:

./TubesFromSplines

WINDOWS USERS

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