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Node - What & How to use?

This article will explain what a Node is and how to use them in the Sayduck Platform.

What is a Node?



Nodes refer to the 3D models visible in the 3D viewer. They are made out of three components: Mesh, Material & Position in the 3D space.



Mesh



Mesh is the structural build/geometry of a 3D model consisting of polygons.

More information: https://help.sayduck.com/en/article/what-is-a-mesh-1ke840s/



Material



Material is applied to the geometry to give the 3D model its colour and texture.

More information, check out: https://help.sayduck.com/en/article/what-are-materials-17i4pe



Position in the 3D space



Position in the 3D space refers to its location, scale and rotation in the 3D scene.

More information:



Add node to 3D scene



Meshes in your product assets can be used to add additional Nodes to your 3D scene. To do this:

Drag & drop


Drag & drop a Mesh from resources to the 3D scene or the 3D viewer.



Add node


Click Add node, choose a Mesh and a Material from the dropdown. If you select only Mesh, it will be assigned a default material and added to the 3D scene.



Assign material to a node



Material can be assigned to Nodes in the 3D scene by:

Drag & drop


Drag & drop a Material from resources to Nodes in the 3D scene.



Select & assign


Select Node and choose Material from the dropdown to assign it.



Add Node groups



To create Node groups, click the Add group button. Nodes can then be assigned to the group with drag & drop.



Assign material to a Node group


To assign Material to all Nodes in a group, drag & drop Material to the group name.



How to remove Node from 3D scene?



Select the Node and click Remove. This will remove the Node from the 3D scene.



How to duplicate a Node?



Select the Node and click Duplicate. This will add a copy of that node to the 3D scene with the same properties as the original.



Change node position, size and rotation



The position, size and rotation can be adjusted with the TRS tool.

Freeform TRS


Select a node
Enable Freeform TRS
Choose option - transform, rotate or scale
Drag pivot arrows to adjust the model.



Type in-value


Select a node
Adjust the Position/rotation/scale values
Click Save.

Updated on: 07/03/2023

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