n-gones with python

  • I found that the c ++ sdk had a routine for creating n-gones, but I did not find anything in python. By importing a wavefront that contains n-gones with my plugin, the import is not done properly. Is there a python solution or should I convert my plugin to c ++?

  • hi @passion3d,
    There is no actual n-gon in the underlying layer of Cinema 4D.
    Adjacent polygons use hidden edge to create n-gon-like shape(s).

    Following code creates a 5-side polygon object:

    import c4d, math
    from c4d import utils
    #Welcome to the world of Python
    def main():
        pointCount = 5
        polygonCount = math.ceil(pointCount/4.0)                    # caculate minimum needed polygon number
        polyObj = c4d.BaseObject(c4d.Opolygon)                      # create an empty polygon object
        polyObj.ResizeObject(pcnt=pointCount, vcnt=polygonCount)    # resize object to have 5 points, 2 polygons
        # manually set all point position
        polyObj.SetPoint(id=0, pos=c4d.Vector(200,0,-200))
        polyObj.SetPoint(id=1, pos=c4d.Vector(-200,0,-200))
        polyObj.SetPoint(id=2, pos=c4d.Vector(-200,0,200))
        polyObj.SetPoint(id=3, pos=c4d.Vector(200,0,200))
        polyObj.SetPoint(id=4, pos=c4d.Vector(300,0,0))
        # associate points into polygons
        polygon0 = c4d.CPolygon(t_a=0, t_b=1, t_c=2, t_d=3)
        polygon1 = c4d.CPolygon(t_a=0, t_b=3, t_c=4)
        # set polygon in polygon object
        polyObj.SetPolygon(id=0, polygon=polygon0)
        polyObj.SetPolygon(id=1, polygon=polygon1)
        # set hidden edge
        nbr = utils.Neighbor()
        nbr.Init(op=polyObj, bs=None)                               # create Neighor counting all polygon in
        edge = c4d.BaseSelect()
        edge.Select(num=3)                                          # set selection, which is the id of the edge to be hidden
        polyObj.SetSelectedEdges(e=nbr, pSel=edge, ltype=c4d.EDGESELECTIONTYPE_HIDDEN)  # hide the edge
    if __name__=='__main__':

  • Hi @eZioPan
    thank you for this example very clear ;)