Trimesh is a pure Python (2.7- 3.3+) library for loading and using triangular meshes with an emphasis on single- body watertight surfaces. The goal of the library is to provide a full featured and well tested Trimesh object which allows for easy manipulation and analysis, in the style of the Polygon object in the Shapely library.
The API is mostly stable, but this should not be relied on and is not guaranteed; install a specific version if you plan on deploying something using trimesh as a backend.
Pull requests are appreciated and responded to promptly! If you’d like to contribute, here is an up to date list of potential enhancements although things not on that list are also welcome. Here are some tips for writing mesh code in Python.
For the easiest install with only these minimal dependencies:
pip install trimesh
For more functionality, like faster ray queries (
path handling (
rtree), preview windows (
faster cache checks (
xxhash) and more, the easiest way to get a full
trimesh install is a conda
# this will install all soft dependencies available on your current platform conda install -c conda-forge trimesh
Further information is available in the advanced installation documentation.
Here is an example of loading a mesh from file and colorizing its faces. Here is a nicely formatted ipython notebook version of this example. Also check out the cross section example or possibly the integration of a function over a mesh example.
import numpy as np import trimesh # attach to logger so trimesh messages will be printed to console trimesh.util.attach_to_log() # load a file by name or from a buffer mesh = trimesh.load('../models/featuretype.STL') # is the current mesh watertight? mesh.is_watertight # what's the euler number for the mesh? mesh.euler_number # the convex hull is another Trimesh object that is available as a property # lets compare the volume of our mesh with the volume of its convex hull print(mesh.volume / mesh.convex_hull.volume) # since the mesh is watertight, it means there is a # volumetric center of mass which we can set as the origin for our mesh mesh.vertices -= mesh.center_mass # what's the moment of inertia for the mesh? mesh.moment_inertia # if there are multiple bodies in the mesh we can split the mesh by # connected components of face adjacency # since this example mesh is a single watertight body we get a list of one mesh mesh.split() # facets are groups of coplanar adjacent faces # set each facet to a random color # colors are 8 bit RGBA by default (n,4) np.uint8 for facet in mesh.facets: mesh.visual.face_colors[facet] = trimesh.visual.random_color() # preview mesh in an opengl window if you installed pyglet with pip mesh.show() # transform method can be passed a (4,4) matrix and will cleanly apply the transform mesh.apply_transform(trimesh.transformations.random_rotation_matrix()) # axis aligned bounding box is available mesh.bounding_box.extents # a minimum volume oriented bounding box also available # primitives are subclasses of Trimesh objects which automatically generate # faces and vertices from data stored in the 'primitive' attribute mesh.bounding_box_oriented.primitive.extents mesh.bounding_box_oriented.primitive.transform # show the mesh appended with its oriented bounding box # the bounding box is a trimesh.primitives.Box object, which subclasses # Trimesh and lazily evaluates to fill in vertices and faces when requested # (press w in viewer to see triangles) (mesh + mesh.bounding_box_oriented).show() # bounding spheres and bounding cylinders of meshes are also # available, and will be the minimum volume version of each # except in certain degenerate cases, where they will be no worse # than a least squares fit version of the primitive. print(mesh.bounding_box_oriented.volume, mesh.bounding_cylinder.volume, mesh.bounding_sphere.volume)
- Import meshes from binary/ASCII STL, Wavefront OBJ, ASCII OFF, binary/ASCII PLY, GLTF/GLB 2.0, 3MF, XAML, 3DXML, etc.
- Import and export 2D or 3D vector paths from/to DXF or SVG files
- Export meshes as binary STL, binary PLY, ASCII OFF, GLTF/GLB 2.0, COLLADA, etc.
- Preview meshes using pyglet
- Preview meshes in- line in jupyter notebooks using three.js
- Automatic hashing of numpy arrays storing key data for change tracking using MD5, zlib CRC, or xxhash
- Internal caching of computed values validated from hashes
- Fast loading of binary files through importers written by defining custom numpy dtypes
- Calculate things like face adjacencies, face angles, vertex defects, etc.
- Calculate cross sections (IE the slicing operation used in 3D printing)
- Slice meshes with one or multiple planes, and return the resulting surface
- Split mesh based on face connectivity using networkx, graph-tool, or scipy.sparse
- Calculate mass properties, including volume, center of mass, moment of inertia, and principal components of inertia
- Fix triangle winding and normals to be consistent
- Convex hulls of meshes
- Compute a rotation/translation/tessellation invariant identifier for meshes
- Determine duplicate meshes from identifier
- Determine if a mesh is watertight, convex, etc.
- Repair single triangle and single quad holes
- Uniformly sample the surface of a mesh
- Ray-mesh queries including location, triangle id, etc.
- Boolean operations on meshes (intersection, union, difference) using OpenSCAD or Blender as backend
- Voxelize watertight meshes
- Subdivide faces of a mesh
- Minimum volume oriented bounding boxes for meshes
- Minimum volume bounding sphere / n-spheres
- Symbolic integration of function(x,y,z) over a triangle
- Calculate nearest point on mesh surface and signed distance
- Determine if a point lies inside or outside of a mesh using signed distance
- Create primitive objects (Box, Cylinder, Sphere, Extrusion) which are subclassed Trimesh objects and have all the same features (inertia, viewers, etc)
- Simple scene graph and transform tree which can be rendered (pyglet window or three.js in a jupyter notebook) or exported.
- Numerous utility functions, such as transforming points, unitizing vectors, tracking arrays for changes, grouping rows, etc.
Trimesh includes an optional
pyglet based viewer for debugging and
inspecting. In the mesh view window, opened with
following commands can be used:
mouse click + dragrotates the view
ctl + mouse click + dragpans the view
zreturns to the base view
wtoggles wireframe mode
ctoggles backface culling
ftoggles between fullscreen and windowed mode
mmaximizes the window
qcloses the window
atoggles an XYZ-RGB axis marker between three states: off, at world frame, or at every frame
If called from inside a
an in-line preview using
three.js to display the mesh or scene.
If you want to deploy something in a container that uses trimesh, automated builds containing trimesh and its dependencies are available on Docker Hub:
docker pull mikedh/trimesh