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How can I set the Size of a Mesh using code?

Hey! I am having a few problems with setting the size and location of my mesh. For some reason, my Mesh (standard UE4 cube) is a lot bigger than my "collision component", but I already have all scale related variables set to "0". In addition, I wanted to ask how I can make the Mesh a child of the "collision component". Is what I have done okay? Because "collision component" doesn't have any sockets (its a UBoxComponent).

     //Set init values for non-component variables
     RotationRate = 180.f;
     MeshScale = FVector(0.5, 0.5, 0.5);
     MeshLocation = FVector(0, 0, 0);
     MeshRotation = FRotator(0, 0, 0);
     /* Create the mesh component*/
     MeshComp = PCIP.CreateDefaultSubobject<UStaticMeshComponent>(this, TEXT("MeshComp"));
     MeshComp->bGenerateOverlapEvents = false;
     MeshComp->CastShadow = true;
     MeshComp->bCastDynamicShadow = true;
     MeshComp->AttachTo(CollisionComponent, "");
     //Set init Values for mesh component

I also wondered if anyone can tell me why it takes so long for me to update the changes to my mesh. I always have to restart the program etc. which can be pretty frustrating, and even then the program usually doesn't recognise the changes I made.

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asked May 07 '14 at 05:52 PM in C++ Programming

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avatar image Borzi May 08 '14 at 07:05 AM

Nobody have any feedback for me?

avatar image AddictArts May 08 '14 at 08:54 PM

I was watching this question and curious what an answer would be, but none yet. I am very new to UE4 and wish I could give you an answer. You mention setting scale values to "0", but above you use 0.5, do you really want it to not be visible or have 0 volume? Are you not showing the extents of the box component, what did you set that and does it match say the bounds of your box? My apologies if I am way off target. I combed the docs and this codebase is new for me, that's my disclaimer.

avatar image Borzi May 08 '14 at 09:04 PM

No I was just experimenting. I put 0 to see if it did anything, but the box is still bigger than my collision component.

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Okay, I found out how to solve the problem. I added the following line (doubt that this was the defining factor):

 //replaced MeshComp->SetRelativeSacle

Then I checked in the editor on my blueprint, and the following tab (the "transform" one) appeared, that had not been there previously (picture). Now I can even move the Mesh around in the blueprint as if I added it with the blueprint instead of script. Awesome!

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answered May 09 '14 at 07:54 PM

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avatar image sick Jan 01 '16 at 01:16 PM

Excellent! You can simply double the size of your mesh by calling MeshComp->SetWorldScale3D( FVector( 3 ) );, no need to mess around with blueprints :)

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Make a blueprint of your static mesh actor class

In the editor, go to the components tab

then you can fix everything up very easily

Then you can use C++ to spawn your BP, you can use my templated Spawn BP function to do this!

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Manipulating the relationships between components is much easier to do in the editor, especially if you want to visualize what the actual issue is

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once you find the solution you could go back to just C++ with greater understanding


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answered May 09 '14 at 03:30 PM

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avatar image Borzi May 09 '14 at 07:55 PM

Thanks for your reply! I have, however, found a solution in C++ (it was right in front of my eyes, as always :P)

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