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#145 in Data structures

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MIT license

13K SLoC

Geometry processing library in pure Rust

Crates.io License


  • Implicit/voxel/volume modeling
    • Voxel remeshing
    • Boolean operations
    • Offsetting
  • Explicit modeling
    • Mesh simplification (decimation)
    • Isotropic remeshing


Reading/writing mesh from/to STL file

You can read/write STL files using StlReader and StlWriter structs. Ony binary STLs are supported.


use std::path::Path;

use baby_shark::{
    io::stl::{StlReader, StlWriter}, 

fn main() {
    let mut reader = StlReader::new();
    let mesh: CornerTableF = reader.read_stl_from_file(Path::new("./read.stl"))
        .expect("Read mesh from STL file");

    let writer = StlWriter::new();
    writer.write_stl_to_file(&mesh, Path::new("./write.stl"))
        .expect("Save mesh to STL file");

Implicit modeling

Boolean operations

Boolean operations are a set of operations that can be performed on volumes to combine or modify their shapes. The supported boolean operations in this library are:

  • Union - combines two volumes into a single volume, resulting in a shape that includes the combined volume of both models.
  • Subtract - removes the volume from another, resulting in a shape that is the difference between the two models.
  • Intersect - returns the volume that is common to both models, resulting in a shape that includes only the overlapping region.

These boolean operations can be useful in various applications, such as creating complex shapes by combining simpler shapes, removing unwanted parts from a volume, or finding the intersection between two volumes.


Subtract Union
boolean_subtract boolean_union

Volume offset

The volume offsetting allows for the expansion or contraction of a model shape, serving various applications like CNC machining, collision detection, and rapid prototyping. It's a vital tool in model generation and toolpath creation. Inwards and outwards offsets are supported.



Voxel remeshing

Voxel remeshing is a computational process used in computer graphics to reconstruct or optimize the topology of a three-dimensional (3D) model. Voxels are volumetric pixels that make up the 3D space, and remeshing involves reorganizing these voxels to create a more uniform and well-defined mesh structure. Also, it comes with the benefit of removing overlapping geometry, a valuable asset in sculpting applications.



Explicit modeling

Isotropic remeshing

This algorithm incrementally performs simple operations such as edge splits, edge collapses, edge flips, and Laplacian smoothing. All the vertices of the remeshed patch are reprojected to the original surface to keep a good approximation of the input. Any of those operations can be turned off using appropriate method (with_<operation>(false)).



let remesher = IncrementalRemesher::new()
remesher.remesh(&mut mesh, 0.002f32);

Mesh simplification (decimation)

This library implements incremental edge decimation algorithm. On each iteration edge with lowest collapse cost is collapsed. Several stop condition are supported:

  • Max error - algorithm stops when collapse lowest cost is bigger than given value
  • Min faces count - algorithm stops when faces count drops below given value
  • Bounding sphere - adaptive error algorithm based upon distance from a point. Useful for LOD mesh decimation.



let mut decimator = EdgeDecimator::new()
decimator.decimate(&mut mesh);

Bounded Sphere Example

let origin = Point3::<f32>::origin();
let radii_error_map = vec![
    (10.0f32, 0.0001f32),
    (15.0f32, 0.05f32),
    (40.0f32, 0.8f32),

let criteria = BoundingSphereDecimationCriteria::new(origin, radii_error_map);

let mut decimator = EdgeDecimator::new().decimation_criteria(criteria);
decimator.decimate(&mut mesh);


~143K SLoC