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Assign a material to UProceduralMesh in C++

Hi, I'm trying to render a generated mesh, and I don't understand how to create a material and assign it to my mesh component, using C++. Here's my header:

 #include "GameFramework/Actor.h"
 #include "ProceduralMeshComponent.h"
 #include "MyActor.generated.h"
 class PROCEDURALMESH_API AMyActor : public AActor
     // Sets default values for this actor's properties
     // Called when the game starts or when spawned
     virtual void BeginPlay() override;
     // Called every frame
     virtual void Tick( float DeltaSeconds ) override;
     UPROPERTY(VisibleAnywhere, BlueprintReadOnly, Category = General) UProceduralMeshComponent* mesh;
     USphereComponent* SphereComponent;
     TArray<FVector> vertices;
     TArray<int32> triangles;
     TArray<FVector> normals;
     TArray<FVector2D> UV0;
     TArray<FColor> vertexColors;
     TArray<FProcMeshTangent> tangents;
     const int segs = 10;
     const int divs = 24;
     const float segHeight = 250;
     const float baseRadius = 500;

Here's my class:

 #include "ProceduralMesh.h"
 #include "MyActor.h"
 // Sets default values
      // Set this actor to call Tick() every frame.  You can turn this off to improve performance if you don't need it.
     PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true;
     SphereComponent = CreateDefaultSubobject<USphereComponent>(TEXT("RootComponent"));
     RootComponent = SphereComponent;
     mesh = CreateDefaultSubobject<UProceduralMeshComponent>(TEXT("GeneratedMesh"));
 // Called when the game starts or when spawned
 void AMyActor::BeginPlay()
     int a = 0;
     int d = 0;
     float radius = baseRadius;
     //generate cylinder vertices
     for (int i = 0; i <= divs*segs; i++)
         //random chance to alter the radius
         int chance = FMath::FRandRange(0, 3);
         if (chance == 1)
             radius += baseRadius / 100;
         else if (chance == 2)
             radius -= baseRadius / 100;
         else if (chance == 3)
             //increment back to baseRadius
             radius += (baseRadius - radius) / 3;
         //generate points in a circle
         float angle = (2 * PI) / divs * a;
         float z = (radius*sin(angle));
         float y = (radius*cos(angle));
         float x = d;
         vertices.Add(FVector(x, y, z));
         a += 1;
         if (a == divs)
             a = 0;
             d += segHeight;
     //create triangles from vertices
     for (int i = 0; i < vertices.Num(); i++)
         if (i > divs && i%divs == 0)
             triangles.Add(i - divs);
             triangles.Add(i - 1);
             triangles.Add(i - (divs + 1));
             triangles.Add(i - divs * 2);
             triangles.Add(i - divs);
             triangles.Add(i - (divs + 1));
         else if (i > divs)
             triangles.Add(i - 1);
             triangles.Add(i - (divs + 1));
             triangles.Add(i - (divs + 1));
             triangles.Add(i - divs);

     //displace verts to resemble cave
     for (int i = 0; i < vertices.Num(); i++)
         if (vertices[i].Z < 0 - baseRadius / 2)
             vertices[i].Z = FMath::FRandRange(0 - (baseRadius + baseRadius / 4), 0 - baseRadius / 3);
         vertices[i].Y += FMath::FRandRange(0 - baseRadius / 20, baseRadius / 20);
     mesh->CreateMeshSection(1, vertices, triangles, TArray<FVector>(), TArray<FVector2D>(), TArray<FColor>(), TArray<FProcMeshTangent>(), true);


The mesh generates and renders in-game, but it's just this default gray, and I was hoping to use a custom material for it. If someone could teach me how to add a custom material into this code, it'd be much appreciated! Thanks! alt text

Product Version: UE 4.9
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asked Nov 21 '15 at 01:41 PM in C++ Programming

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You have a few options: First, you're going to need to assign or in your material, use the Absolute World Position node. You'll also need a way to assign your material to your mesh. In your header file add:

 UMaterialInterface* Material;

then in your cpp after you have created the mesh section:

 mesh->SetMaterial(1, Material);

The "1" parameter is your mesh section index. At this point, you'll probably need to wrap your AMyActor with a blueprint. When you do that, you get access to your Material variable that you created.


Now all you need to do is create your material, and set it.

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answered Nov 21 '15 at 04:46 PM

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avatar image ToaTom Nov 21 '15 at 05:47 PM

Hi, thanks for the swift reply! That's helped a lot. After I applied the default M_Rock_Basalt material the colour changed, but there's no detail to the texture. I'm thinking this is to do with UVs, though I don't know how to add UVs. Any ideas on how to continue?

avatar image Craig Ferguson Dec 15 '15 at 07:33 PM

You are correct about needing UVs. I had the same results with my procedural mesh before adding them - my grassy cube was just all the same shade of green.

Each vertex needs a matching UV0 element. These map a point on a texture to the vertex. UV0 X and Y between 0 and 1 are for one tile. A larger UV0 would be a new tile. e.g. (1.5, 0.5) would be the center of the texture, but on the second tile on the X axis.

In your code above I would add a new line after line 47 of your .cpp:

UV0.Add(FVector2D(x/(2.0f * segHeight), a/8.0f));

I think this would make it so you had a tile covering every two sections and three tiles around the circle (24 div / 8).

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