Recently I've been looking at Povray, pyprocessing, and cfdg (version 3.0) as tools for creating digital images. I have branched two separate blogs where I mainly explore jruby + processing and

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Raytracing with Processing-2.0 alpha

Since beginRaw() and endRaw(), which are essential to my povwriter library, are currently broken (in processing-2.0) (update as of 14th May 2012 see this) I've been re-exploring the sunflow renderers, notably joons and p5_sunflow libraries, as far I can tell the joons library still works, except that preview is not available. The less complicated p5_sunflow library also works, and there is very easy way to alter the sketch to get a proper preview, in the new glorious opengl. Of course I think the PovRAY rendered version in my previous post, is more impressive (however I've also seen some pretty impressive results from the joons renderer "a glass cow in a cornell_box" comes to mind). Here is the hemesh TwinIso sketch as an example:-
import hipstersinc.sunflow.shape.*;
import hipstersinc.sunflow.*;
import hipstersinc.sunflow.shader.*;
import hipstersinc.sunflow.util.*;
import hipstersinc.*;
import hipstersinc.sunflow.light.*;
import wblut.math.*;
import wblut.processing.*;
import wblut.hemesh.creators.*;
import wblut.hemesh.core.*;
import processing.opengl.*;
import wblut.hemesh.modifiers.*;
HE_Mesh mesh;
HE_Mesh invMesh;
WB_Render render;
int res;
void setup() {
  size(800, 800, "hipstersinc.P5Sunflow");
  res = 20;
  float[][][] values=new float[res+1][res+1][res+1];
  for (int i = 0; i < res+1; i++) {
    for (int j = 0; j < res+1; j++) {
      for (int k = 0; k < res+1; k++) {
        values[i][j][k]=2.1*noise(0.35*i, 0.35*j, 0.35*k);

  HEC_IsoSurface creator=new HEC_IsoSurface();
  creator.setResolution(res, res, res);// number of cells in x,y,z direction
  creator.setSize(400.0/res, 400.0/res, 400.0/res);// cell size
  creator.setValues(values);// values corresponding to the grid points
  // values can also be double[][][]
  creator.setIsolevel(1);// isolevel to mesh
  creator.setInvert(false);// invert mesh
  creator.setBoundary(100);// value of isoFunction outside grid
  // use creator.clearBoundary() to rest boundary values to "no value".
  // A boundary value of "no value" results in an open mesh

  mesh=new HE_Mesh(creator);
  mesh.modify(new HEM_Smooth().setIterations(10).setAutoRescale(true));

  invMesh=new HE_Mesh(creator);
  invMesh.modify(new HEM_Smooth().setIterations(10).setAutoRescale(true));
  render=new WB_Render(this);

void draw() {
  translate(400, 400, 0);
  fill(255, 0, 0);
  stroke(255, 0, 0, 80);
The noLoop() in setup is required only for p5_sunflow as is the scale(2), obviously to run the OPENGL version replace hipstersinc.sunflow, with either P3D or OPENGL, it matters not with processing-2.0.....
Sunflow RenderedOpenGL

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I have developed JRubyArt and propane new versions of ruby-processing for JRuby- and processing-3.2.2