Using the Grid material
As the grid material is a babylonJS extension, it is not included in the main babylon.js file. In order to use the material, please download and reference the extension from the github repo using babylon.gridMaterial.js or its minified version babylon.gridMaterial.min.js.
The default grid behaviour does not require any setup and displays a black and white grid on your meshes:
The grid is using the local position to outline any of the axis fitting with one unit in black. Only one on ten lines will be fully black, the other lines will be in lighter grey. You can imagine it as a ruler with bigger marks for centimeters and smaller for millimeters.
var ground = BABYLON.Mesh.CreateGroundFromHeightMap("ground", "textures/heightMap.png", 100, 100, 100, 0, 10, scene, false);ground.material = new BABYLON.GridMaterial("groundMaterial", scene);
Customize the grid material
In order to help you making the grid fit in your scenes, a few controls are available:
mainColor: the main color pilots the color of the empty area
lineColor: the line color drives the line color... What an amazing surprise !!!
opacity: the opacity helps changing the lines opacity. In transparent mode (opacity < 1.0), the empty area will always be at an opacity level of
gridRatio: subdivide the object size in order to fit with it
majorUnitFrequency: frequency of strong lines
minorUnitVisibility: level of minor lines compared to the major ones
gridOffset: the offset vector3 will shift the cells of the grid by a set amount
The grid will be projected on objects according to their size. If an object has a size of 1, you'll only see one line on it. For instance a 1 size cube will by default only have one line:
Using a gridRatio of 0.1, will then make appear ten lines on it:
You have now noticed on the gridRatio examples above that only one on ten lines is stronger. This is control by the parameter named
majorUnitFrequency which gets its default value to 10.
Setting it to 2, will make appear one strong line each 2 lines. This is only a scary parameter name for something simple:
After sorting out the frequency of stronger lines, you could wonder how to control the strength of the minor ones. The parameter
minorUnitVisibility will help you to control this. This value should be smaller than 1 which is the value applied to the main lines. The default value is 0.33 which corresponds to 33% of the
Setting it to 0.1 will then reinforce the effect of the main lines (by dropping the value of the minor ones):
Note that the shift for each axys allows a loop: using a
(0, 0, 0) will give you the same visual result than
(1, 0, 0).