Find Lowest Position of Object

On 10/08/2018 at 11:19, xxxxxxxx wrote:

I'm looking for a way to find the lowest position of an object, whether primitive or poly. I thought this would be easy, just get the bounding box and find get it's minimum position. It seems the python bounding box doesn't have this kind of function. I can use GetRad() but that doesn't technically find the lowest position either. I'm pretty sure Xpresso even has this ability but as far as python I'm kind of stumped:/

On 13/08/2018 at 03:07, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi Motion4D, there is no such function in the SDK.
Since the Bounding box is in local space in some situation, if you are looking for global space minus, it can give you a wrong result.
So the only reliable way to do it is by iterating over all points and get its global position.

Here a quick sample.

import c4d
def main() :
    objs = doc.GetActiveObjects(0)
    for obj in objs:
        if not obj.CheckType(c4d.Opolygon) :
        pts = obj.GetAllPoints()
        if not pts:
        mg = obj.GetMg()
        minPos = c4d.Vector(obj.GetPoint(0) * mg).y
        minId = None
        for i in xrange(obj.GetPointCount()) :
            bufferMin = c4d.Vector(obj.GetPoint(i) * mg).y
            minPos = min(minPos, bufferMin)
            if minPos == bufferMin:
                minId = i
        print "{} : MinId = {} : MinPos = {}".format(obj.GetName(), minId, minPos)
    return True
if __name__=='__main__':

If you have any questions please, let me know :)

On 13/08/2018 at 11:16, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hey MaximeA!

Thank you that detailed explanation and all of the helpful code!

Worked perfectly for poly objects. Is it possible to find on Primitives as well? I'm assuming GetPoint() doesn't work for them?

At that point would you have to make a copy, convert to poly, find lowest point, delete copy?

On 13/08/2018 at 12:34, xxxxxxxx wrote:

So I found that the GetBBox() function in the Utils module will do it even for primitives. All you have to do is feed in a standard zero'd out matrix for the second argument. It gives you the Center position along with the Radius number needed to find the lowest position:) At least it's working so far.

On 14/08/2018 at 06:56, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi Motion4D, sadly GetBBox don't produce the result you would expect since BoundingBox is cubes and not rectangles. That have a huge impact, for example, let's take a cube. Simply rotate the Z axis (Banking) in pivot mode, so the cube doesn't move, but the pivot actually move. If you call GetBBox you will end with a point lower than the actual real lowest point position. In the display mode switch to box (N~K) you will see the actual bounding box, which is a cube where the whole object is contained in.

With that said, each generator store a cache of a PolygonObject. To access such cache I recommend you to read this topic which gets the solution. or even the C++ manual about BaseObject Cache.

If you have any questions please, let me know :)

On 14/08/2018 at 14:15, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Yep thanks again Maxime!

It worked perfectly with primitive cubes but as soon as the anchor point changed from the center or things got deformed it fell apart. It sounds like your suggestion of the BaseObject Cache is what I need to look at. Thanks for the suggestion!