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Re: Vertices and Polygons

Larry Busse <ljb@ljbdev.com> writes:

> I have an N-element list of vertices v(3,N) which describe a series of
> points on a surface of a complex object.
> Is there an IDL function or method which would sort through this list
> and generate the polygon array that is required by POLYSHADE for doing
> surface rendering?
> It's been awhile since I've used IDL so maybe there's a newer object
> oriented approach that you could recommend.

I don't think that a simple list of vertices is enough information to
reconstruct a complex polyhedron, especially if there are some
concavities.  [ If you want the complex hull, that's a different
story, but as Chris J. reports, this may not even work right.  Doh! ]


Craig B. Markwardt, Ph.D.         EMAIL:    craigmnet@cow.physics.wisc.edu
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