Defining a new solid

A Solid() is defined as a Shape() and a Material() (and eventually a PTMaterial() for the path tracer). Its role is simply to wrap these data and pass them to the shader (with a proper ID).

To simplify the creation of scenes, it can be useful to build various extension of the Solid() class, that will serve as shortcut to define a solid with a specific shape.

Class extension

Every solid should extend the class Solid(). Note that Solid() inherits from Generic(), which defines methods various method to assign a UUID, a name, a scene ID, to the solid.

The constructor of Solid() takes the following arguments

  • shape (Shape()) : a shape

  • material (Material()) : a material (for basic rendering)

  • ptMaterial (PTMaterial()) optional : a material for path tracing

Properties and methods

The definition of a solid class does not require any particular property/method. All is already taken care of by the class Generic() from which it inherits.


Below is the code used for euclidean balls.

import {Solid} from "../../../core/solids/Solid.js";
import {BallShape} from "../shapes/ball/BallShape.js";

 * @class
 * @classdesc
 * Euclidean ball
export class Ball extends Solid {

     * @param {Isometry|Point} location - the location of the ball
     * @param {number} radius - the radius of the ball
     * @param {Material} material - the material of the ball
     * @param {PTMaterial} ptMaterial - material for path tracing (optional)
    constructor(location, radius, material, ptMaterial = undefined) {
        const shape = new BallShape(location, radius);
        super(shape, material, ptMaterial);