MAXScript Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone tell me how to get faces that have normals pointing outside of the current viewport?
You can get the face normal in view space, then you just have to check the sign of the Z component. If it is negative, it is facing away from the camera!
theObj = Teapot segs:10 --create a teapot
convertToMesh theObj --convert to EMesh
theMeshCount = theObj.numfaces --get the number of faces in the object
selArray = #() --init. an array to collect faces
for f = 1 to theMeshCount do --loop through all faces
in coordsys (inverse (viewport.GetTM())) theFN = getFaceNormal theObj f
if theFN.z < 0 then append selArray f --if Z is negative, add to array
setFaceSelection theObj selArray --set the face selection in the EMesh
max modify mode --go to modify mode
select theObj --select the mesh
subObjectLevel = 3 --go to Face SO level
modPanel.addModToSelection (deleteMesh()) --add a delete mesh, preserving the SO selection
Result: All triangles facing away from the camera will be deleted!
The image on the left shows the teapot with deleted backfaces as seen from a camera viewport. The image on the right shows the teapot and the camera as seen from the side. Note that for the screenshot, the backface culling was disabled (you can see the backfaces on the right image), but the left image looks just like it would with backface culling enabled! This is because the script deletes the same faces the viewport backface culling would skip!
Frequently Asked Questions