MeshBuilder¶
The MeshBuilder
is a helper class to create Mesh
entities. Stores a list of vertices and a faces list where each face is a list
of indices into the vertices list.
The MeshBuilder.render()
method, renders the mesh into a
Mesh
entity. The Mesh
entity
supports ngons in AutoCAD, ngons are polygons with more than 4 vertices.
The basic MeshBuilder
class does not support transformations.
 class ezdxf.render.MeshBuilder¶

 faces¶
List of faces as list of vertex indices, where a vertex index is the index of the vertex in the
vertices
list. A face requires at least three vertices,Mesh
supports ngons, so the count of vertices is not limited.
 copy()¶
Returns a copy of mesh.
 faces_as_vertices() Iterable[List[Vec3]] ¶
Iterate over all mesh faces as list of vertices.
 add_vertices(vertices: Iterable[Vertex]) Sequence[int] ¶
Add new vertices to the mesh, each vertex is a
(x, y, z)
tuple or aVec3
object, returns the indices of the vertices added to thevertices
list.e.g. adding 4 vertices to an empty mesh, returns the indices
(0, 1, 2, 3)
, adding additional 4 vertices returns the indices(4, 5, 6, 7)
.
 add_face(vertices: Iterable[Vertex]) None ¶
Add a face as vertices list to the mesh. A face requires at least 3 vertices, each vertex is a
(x, y, z)
tuple orVec3
object. The new vertex indices are stored as face in thefaces
list. Parameters
vertices – list of at least 3 vertices
[(x1, y1, z1), (x2, y2, z2), (x3, y3, y3), ...]
 add_mesh(vertices=None, faces=None, edges=None, mesh=None) None ¶
Add another mesh to this mesh.
A mesh can be a
MeshBuilder
,MeshVertexMerger
orMesh
object or requires the attributesvertices
andfaces
. Parameters
vertices – list of vertices, a vertex is a
(x, y, z)
tuple orVec3
objectfaces – list of faces, a face is a list of vertex indices
mesh – another mesh entity
 has_none_planar_faces() bool ¶
Returns
True
if any face is none planar.
 render_mesh(layout: BaseLayout, dxfattribs: dict = None, matrix: Matrix44 = None, ucs: UCS = None)¶
Render mesh as
Mesh
entity into layout. Parameters
layout –
BaseLayout
objectdxfattribs – dict of DXF attributes e.g.
{'layer': 'mesh', 'color': 7}
matrix – transformation matrix of type
Matrix44
 render_polyface(layout: BaseLayout, dxfattribs: dict = None, matrix: Matrix44 = None, ucs: UCS = None)¶
Render mesh as
Polyface
entity into layout. Parameters
layout –
BaseLayout
objectdxfattribs – dict of DXF attributes e.g.
{'layer': 'mesh', 'color': 7}
matrix – transformation matrix of type
Matrix44
 render_3dfaces(layout: BaseLayout, dxfattribs: dict = None, matrix: Matrix44 = None, ucs: UCS = None)¶
Render mesh as
Face3d
entities into layout. Parameters
layout –
BaseLayout
objectdxfattribs – dict of DXF attributes e.g.
{'layer': 'mesh', 'color': 7}
matrix – transformation matrix of type
Matrix44
 render_normals(layout: BaseLayout, length: float = 1, relative=True, dxfattribs: dict = None)¶
Render face normals as
Line
entities into layout, useful to check orientation of mesh faces. Parameters
layout –
BaseLayout
objectlength – visual length of normal, use length < 0 to point normals in opposite direction
relative – scale length relative to face size if
True
dxfattribs – dict of DXF attributes e.g.
{'layer': 'normals', 'color': 6}
 classmethod from_mesh(other: Union[MeshBuilder, Mesh]) ezdxf.render.mesh.T ¶
Create new mesh from other mesh as class method.
 Parameters
other – mesh of type
MeshBuilder
and inherited or DXFMesh
entity or any object providing attributesvertices
,edges
andfaces
.
 classmethod from_polyface(other: Union[Polymesh, Polyface]) ezdxf.render.mesh.T ¶
 classmethod from_builder(other: MeshBuilder)¶
Create new mesh from other mesh builder, faster than
from_mesh()
but supports onlyMeshBuilder
and inherited classes.
MeshTransformer¶
Same functionality as MeshBuilder
but supports inplace transformation.
 class ezdxf.render.MeshTransformer¶
Subclass of
MeshBuilder
 subdivide(level: int = 1, quads=True) MeshTransformer ¶
Returns a new
MeshTransformer
object with subdivided faces and edges. Parameters
level – subdivide levels from 1 to max of 5
quads – create quad faces if
True
else create triangles
 transform(matrix: Matrix44)¶
Transform mesh inplace by applying the transformation matrix.
 Parameters
matrix – 4x4 transformation matrix as
Matrix44
object
 translate(dx: float = 0, dy: float = 0, dz: float = 0)¶
Translate mesh inplace.
 Parameters
dx – translation in xaxis
dy – translation in yaxis
dz – translation in zaxis
 scale(sx: float = 1, sy: float = 1, sz: float = 1)¶
Scale mesh inplace.
 Parameters
sx – scale factor for xaxis
sy – scale factor for yaxis
sz – scale factor for zaxis
 scale_uniform(s: float)¶
Scale mesh uniform inplace.
 Parameters
s – scale factor for x, y and zaxis
 rotate_x(angle: float)¶
Rotate mesh around xaxis about angle inplace.
 Parameters
angle – rotation angle in radians
 rotate_y(angle: float)¶
Rotate mesh around yaxis about angle inplace.
 Parameters
angle – rotation angle in radians
 rotate_z(angle: float)¶
Rotate mesh around zaxis about angle inplace.
 Parameters
angle – rotation angle in radians
 rotate_axis(axis: Vertex, angle: float)¶
Rotate mesh around an arbitrary axis located in the origin (0, 0, 0) about angle.
 Parameters
axis – rotation axis as Vec3
angle – rotation angle in radians
MeshVertexMerger¶
Same functionality as MeshBuilder
, but created meshes with unique
vertices and no doublets, but MeshVertexMerger
needs extra memory for
bookkeeping and also does not support transformations. Location of merged
vertices is the location of the first vertex with the same key.
This class is intended as intermediate object to create a compact meshes and
convert them to MeshTransformer
objects to apply transformations to the
mesh:
mesh = MeshVertexMerger()
# create your mesh
mesh.add_face(...)
# convert mesh to MeshTransformer object
return MeshTransformer.from_builder(mesh)
 class ezdxf.render.MeshVertexMerger(precision: int = 6)¶
Subclass of
MeshBuilder
Mesh with unique vertices and no doublets, but needs extra memory for bookkeeping.
MeshVertexMerger
creates a key for every vertex by rounding its components by the Pythonround()
function and a given precision value. Each vertex with the same key gets the same vertex index, which is the index of first vertex with this key, so all vertices with the same key will be located at the location of this first vertex. If you want an average location of and for all vertices with the same key look at theMeshAverageVertexMerger
class. Parameters
precision – floating point precision for vertex rounding
MeshAverageVertexMerger¶
This is an extended version of MeshVertexMerger
.
Location of merged vertices is the average location of all vertices with the
same key, this needs extra memory and runtime in comparison to
MeshVertexMerger
and this class also does not support
transformations.
 class ezdxf.render.MeshAverageVertexMerger(precision: int = 6)¶
Subclass of
MeshBuilder
Mesh with unique vertices and no doublets, but needs extra memory for bookkeeping and runtime for calculation of average vertex location.
MeshAverageVertexMerger
creates a key for every vertex by rounding its components by the Pythonround()
function and a given precision value. Each vertex with the same key gets the same vertex index, which is the index of first vertex with this key, the difference to theMeshVertexMerger
class is the calculation of the average location for all vertices with the same key, this needs extra memory to keep track of the count of vertices for each key and extra runtime for updating the vertex location each time a vertex with an existing key is added. Parameters
precision – floating point precision for vertex rounding