Houdini 16.5 Nodes Geometry nodes

Sphere geometry node

Creates a sphere or ovoid surface.

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This node generates spherical objects of different geometry types. It is capable of creating non-uniform scalable spheres of all geometry types.

If an input is provided, the sphere’s radius is automatically determined as a function of the input’s bounding geometry.

This Operation is used to create spheres and ellipsoids. Clicking and dragging the mouse on the Construction Plane generates a sphere whose radii are specified by your drag.

Placing a Sphere in the viewer

To...Do this

Place a sphere anywhere in the scene

  1. Click the Sphere tool on the Create tab.

  2. Move the cursor into the scene view.

    Note

    You can hold Alt to detach the sphere from the construction plane.

  3. Click to place the sphere anywhere in the scene view.

    If you press Enter without clicking, Houdini places the sphere at the origin.

Place a sphere at the origin

⌃ Ctrl + on the Sphere tool on the shelf.

Sphere Handles

There are special handles available at the geometry level for the sphere object that allow you to stretch and squash it.

  1. Move to the geometry level by double clicking the sphere node in the network editor or by clicking the Jump to Operator button on the operation controls toolbar.

  2. Drag the handles to squash or stretch the sphere.

Parameters

Primitive Type

Type of geometry to create.

Connectivity

Rows

Creates horizontal lines, which are open polygons.

Column

Creates vertical lines, which are open polygons.

Rows & Cols

Both Rows and Columns. All polygons are open.

Triangles

Builds the grid with triangles.

Quads

Creates four-sided quadrilaterals.

Alternating Triangles

Creates the grid using alternating triangles.

Radius

This is the X radius of an ellipsoid that is placed if you click on the Construction Plane without dragging. If you click and drag, the size of the sphere is over-ridden by the amount of drag. Entering non-equal values in the xyz fields results in ellipsoidal shapes.

The X radius is defined by the distance dragged from the center, while the Y and Z radii vary proportionally with the X / Y and X / Z ratios in the parameter dialog.

Center

Determines the location of the center of the ellipsoid. This value is updated whenever you click (and drag) to create an ellipsoid. A new ellipsoid center will be positioned here if you hit Enter.

Uniform Scale

Uniform scaling.

Orientation

Poles of sphere align with orientation axis.

Frequency

Increases or decreases the number of polygons which make up a polygonal sphere. The higher the frequency, the smoother the sphere. It is disabled if building a sphere of a type other than polygonal.

Rows

The number of rows of a mesh or imperfect NURBS / Bezier sphere. The more rows and columns, the rounder the sphere. A NURBS or Bezier sphere should have at least order-1 rows and columns. Rows are associated with the V directions and columns with the U parametric direction.

Columns

Number of columns in the sphere.

U Order

Sets the U spline order of the NURBS or Bezier surface when building a sphere of one of these two types. The lowest order is 2 (linear); the highest is 11. Cubic spheres are built by default.

V Order

Order of NURBS/Bezier curve in V direction.

Imperfect

Specifies whether the NURBS / Bezier sphere should be built using rational or non-rational splines. A perfect sphere has a rational topology, one that associates non-unit weights with certain vertices. Furthermore, a perfect sphere has a predefined number and positions of CVs for any given spline order. An imperfect sphere is non-rational and its number of CVs isn’t that strictly determined by its order.

Rational spheres built this way yield a mathematically perfect shape; however, given their special definition, perfect spheres are not always the ideal choice for further modeling of their points. Besides, they represent heavier geometry and may put more pressure both on the cpu and ram. In practice, you will find imperfect spheres to be a better modeling choice, so it is advisable to build perfect spheres only when perfect shapes are paramount.

Unique Points per Pole

In a mesh-type sphere, the meridians meet at the poles of the sphere. This creates a situation where each meridian line contributes its own point to a pole. When this box is not checked, the points are consolidated into a single point shared by all the meridians. Otherwise if checked, the points are all left to be unique.

Accurate Bounds

If the operation is being used to generate a bounding sphere for its input geometry, this parameter tells us to use a more accurate (but slower) bounding sphere calculation.

Triangular Poles

In a polygon mesh sphere, each polygon is logically a quad. However, at the poles, two points become degenerate. If Triangular Poles is enabled, these quads are turned into triangles.

Examples

SphereTypes Example for Sphere geometry node

This example shows all the geometry types the Sphere SOP can create and explains the differences between them.

Choosing the right geometry type can make a network flow and render much faster.

The following examples include this node.

BlendPoseBasic Example for BlendPose channel node

This is a simple example of using the BlendPose CHOP to deform some geometry using random tracker point positions.

CopyAnimation Example for Copy channel node

This file demonstrates how the Copy CHOP can be used to copy channels and apply them to geometry.

CountImpacts Example for Count channel node

This example demonstrates how to count impacts from a DOPs simulation using the Count CHOP. Then, using the values from the Count CHOP, we generate copies of a teapot.

DynamicLights Example for Dynamics channel node

This example demonstrates how to use the Dynamics CHOP to extract impact data from a DOPs simulation, and then modify the data to control lights in the scene.

DynamicPops Example for Dynamics channel node

This example demonstrates using the Dynamics CHOP to birth particles where an impact occurs, as well as controlling the birth rate based in impulse.

ExtractTransforms Example for Dynamics channel node

This example demonstrates the use of the Dynamics CHOP to pull transformation information out of a DOP simulation and apply it to Objects.

HoldLight Example for Hold channel node

This example uses the Hold CHOP in conjunction with the Dynamics CHOP to hold a light at the position of an impact from a DOPs simulation until a new impact occurs.

Lookup Example for Lookup channel node

This example demonstrates how to use the Lookup CHOP to play animation based on an event, or trigger.

NoiseTransform Example for Noise channel node

This example demonstrates using the Noise CHOP to generate animation and apply it to geometry.

AnimationSequence Example for Sequence channel node

This example demonstrates how to take the animation from three separate objects, and sequence their animation into one animation on a fourth object.

BridgeCollapse Example for Apply Relationship dynamics node

This example shows how to use the Apply Relationship DOP to propagate constraints automatically and create an RBD simulation of a collapsing bridge.

ConstrainedTeapots Example for Apply Relationship dynamics node

This example demonstrates how the Apply Relationship DOP can be used to create multiple constraints with the RBD Pin Constraint node.

MutualConstraints Example for Apply Relationship dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to build mutual constraints between two DOP objects using the Apply Relationship node.

SimpleBlend Example for Blend Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the Blend Solver. In this case the Blend Solver is used to blend between an RBD solution and a keyframed solution.

BlanketBall Example for Cloth Object dynamics node

This cloth example shows you how to simulate a ball bouncing on a blanket pinned at all four corners.

MultipleSphereClothCollisions Example for Cloth Object dynamics node

This example shows a pieces of cloth with different properties colliding with spheres. By adjusting the stiffness, bend, and surfacemassdensity values, we can give the cloth a variety of different behaviours.

AnchorPins Example for Constraint Network dynamics node

This example demonstrates how different anchor positions can affect pin constraints.

ControlledGlueBreaking Example for Constraint Network dynamics node

This example shows how to gradually remove glue bonds from a constraint network and control the crumbling of a building.

SpringToGlue Example for Constraint Network dynamics node

This example shows how to create spring constraints between nearby objects, and then change those constraints to glue constraints during the simulation.

AutoFracturing Example for Copy Objects dynamics node

This example shows how to use the Copy Object DOP, in conjunction with a Multi Solver, to automatically break an RBD object in half whenever it impacts another object.

SimpleCopy Example for Copy Objects dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Copy Objects DOP. A single RBD Object is copied 100 times, and assigned a random initial velocity, and a position based on some grid geometry. These 100 spheres are then dropped onto a ground plane.

CrowdHeightField Example for Crowd Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates using heightfields for terrain adaptation in the crowd solver, and for collisions against ragdolls in the Bullet solver.

PartialRagdolls Example for Crowd Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to set up a partial ragdoll, where a subset of the agent’s joints are simulated as active objects by the Bullet solver and the remaining joints are animated.

FieldForceSmoke Example for Field Force dynamics node

Extracts the velocity field from a smoke simulation to use as a wind force on a POP simulation.

FromRBD Example for Field Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use another active RBD Object as the source for the Field Force DOP. Two balls bounce inside a cube, one of the balls is set to repel the other according to force values stored on its geometry.

SimpleField Example for Field Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Field Force DOP. A group of RBD Objects are passed through a field which at first pulls the together, and then pulls them apart as they advance through the field.

fieldforce Example for Field Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Field Force DOP. It shows how to use a particle system to blow around smoke.

CacheToDisk Example for File dynamics node

This example shows how to use the File DOP to cache a simulation to disk and read it back in.

FEMSpheres Example for finiteelementsolver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the FEM Solver to deform spheres when they collide with the ground plane. The spheres have particle based animation on them prior to collision with the ground and are swapped to the FEM solver on collision.

DensityViscosity Example for FLIP Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates two fluids with different densities and viscosities interacting with a solid object.

FlipColorMix Example for FLIP Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Flip Solver to mix the colors of a red fluid with a blue fluid to form a purple fluid.

FlipFluidWire Example for FLIP Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Flip Solver and the Fluid Force DOP. The Fluid Force DOP is used to apply a drag force on a wire object according to the motions of a flip fluid. The drag force is only applied at locations where fluid exists in the fluid object.

FluidWireInteraction Example for Fluid Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Fluid Force DOP. The Fluid Force DOP is used to apply a drag force on a wire object according to the motions of a fluid object. The drag force is only applied at locations where fluid exist in the fluid object.

BallInTank Example for Fluid Object dynamics node

This example shows an RBD ball being thrown into a tank of liquid.

FillGlass Example for Fluid Object dynamics node

Fills an RBD container with fluid that enters the simulation by being sourced from another RBD object.

FluidFeedback Example for Fluid Object dynamics node

This example shows a ball falling into a tank with feedback. This couples the RBD simulation with the Fluid simulation, causing the ball to float rather than sink.

VariableDrag Example for Fluid Object dynamics node

This example shows how to vary the drag in a fluid simulation. It provides examples of using a specified field to be a high drag zone, of automatically applying drag only to the fluid surface, and of applying negative drag to an area to make the fluid more volatile.

HotBox Example for Gas Calculate dynamics node

This example shows how to take any object with it’s volume representation and add it to the temperature field. You can change the temperature of the object in two ways: by adjusting the volume density value or by adjusting the Gas Calculate microsolver DOP’s source’s Pre-Multiply field.

DiffuseSmoke Example for Gas Diffuse dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to diffuse the density of a smoke simulation using the Gas Diffuse DOP.

EqualizeLiquid Example for Gas Equalize Volume dynamics node

This example demonstrates how the Gas Equalize Volume dop can be used to preserve the volume in a fluid simulation.

TeapotUnderTension Example for Gas Surface Tension dynamics node

This example creates a teapot shaped blob of liquid. It then uses surface tension forces to smooth the blob into a sphere.

UpresRetime Example for Gas Up Res dynamics node

This example demonstrates how the Up Res Solver can now be used to re-time an existing simulation. The benefit of this is that one can simply change the speed without affecting the look of the sim. On the up-res solver there is a tab called Time. The Time tab offers various controls to change the simulation’s speed.

grass

This example simulates grass being pushed down by an RBD object. Fur Objects are used to represent the blades of grass and Wire Objects are used to simulate the motion. When a single Fur Object is used to represent the grass, neighbouring blades of grass will have similar motion. Additional objects with different stiffness values can be used to make the motion less uniform. When "Complex Mode" is enabled, two objects are used to represent the grass. The stiffness of each set of curves can be controlled by adjusting the "Angular Spring Constant" and "Linear Spring Constant" parameters on the corresponding Wire Objects.

MagnetMetaballs Example for Magnet Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the Magnet Force node on a group of metaballs to force the fragments of an object outwards at the moment of impact.

SimpleMagnets Example for Magnet Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates how the magnetforce DOP can be used with a pair of metaballs (one positive and one negative) to attract/repulse an RBD sphere.

MaskedField Example for Mask Field dynamics node

A Uniform Force is applied to a number of RBD Objects to demonstrate how the Mask Field can be used to define a region where the force will be applied.

Particle fluid buoyancy

This example demonstrates how to couple the Particle Fluid with an RBD object so they both affect each other. The result is a buoyant sphere.

FluidGlass Example for Particle Fluid Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to get a smooth fluid stream to pour into a glass.

ViscoelasticExample Example for Particle Fluid Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of viscous and elastic forces in a particle-based fluid to generate viscoelastic fluid behaviour. The result is a fluid-like object that tends to resist deformation and retain its shape.

ParticlesAttract Example for POP Attract dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the POP Attract node to get a group of particles to follow the motion of an animated sphere. POP Interact and POP Drag nodes are also used in the example to control the interaction between particles and their distance from the sphere.

PointAttraction Example for POP Attract dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the POP Attract node with it’s type set to Point in order to control particle attraction on a per point basis.

TorusAxisForce Example for POP Axis Force dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the POP Axis Force node to cause a group of particles to billow upwards.

RagdollExample Example for Cone Twist Constraint dynamics node

This sample creates a simple ragdoll using the cone twist constraint between pieces of the ragdoll.

StackedBricks Example for RBD Fractured Object dynamics node

This example shows how to create a large number of RBD objects from a single SOP. It also shows how a velocity point attribute can be used to set the initial motion for the objects.

BreakingRock

This is an example of how to use the RBD Glue Object node to create an RBD object that automatically breaks apart on collision. It also demonstrates one technique for breaking a model into pieces appropriate for this sort of simulation.

ChoreographedBreakup

This example shows how one can control the break up of any glued object through the use of the RBD State node.

A torus, composed of spheres, is glued together. An additional sweep plane is defined. Any sphere which ends up on the wrong side of the sweep plane is broken off the torus and left to bounce on its own. This lets the break up of the torus to be controlled over many frames.

ShatterGlass

This example uses an RBD projectile to shatter a piece of glass. The glass is made up of simple trangular shards glued together.

This example also demonstrates a situation where using volume based collision detection would not work, and so the objects are treated as infinitely thin surfaces when performing collision detection.

RBDInitialState Example for RBD Object dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Initial State parameter of an RBD object.

SimpleRBD Example for RBD Object dynamics node

This example demonstrates a simple rigid body dynamics simulation using the RBD Object DOP. A single sphere is dropped onto a ground plane.

popswithrbdcollision Example for RBD Point Object dynamics node

Shows an RBD Simulation being attatched to a POP simulation to provide RBD style collisions to POPs.

InheritVelocity Example for RBD State dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the RBD State node to inherit velocity from movement and collision with other objects in a glued RBD fracture simulation.

ReferenceFrameForce Example for Reference Frame Force dynamics node

An RBD vase filled with water performs the water simulation in the vase’s reference frame.

RippleGrid Example for Ripple Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the Ripple Solver and Ripple Object nodes. Bulge SOPs are used to deform a grid to create initial geometry and rest geometry for the Ripple Object which is then piped into the Ripple Solver.

ScalePieces Example for Script Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to use the Script Solver node to scale fractured pieces of an RBD sim over time.

2dfluid Example for Smoke Object dynamics node

Demonstrates exporting a 2d fluid into COPs where it can be saved to disk as a sequence of image files to then be used as texture maps, displacement maps, etc.

Open CL smoke Example for Smoke Object dynamics node

Demonstrates a simple Open CL accelerated smoke sim that can be used as a starting point for building optimized GPU accelerated smoke sims. See the Use OpenCL parameter on the Smoke solver.

For fastest speeds, the system needs to minimize copying to and from the video card. This example demonstrates several methods for minimizing copying.

  • Turns off DOPs caching. Caching requires copying all the fields every frame. Useful if you want to scrub and inspect random fields, not if you want maximum speed.

  • Only imports density to SOPs. This means copying only one field from the GPU to CPU each frame.

  • Saves to disk in background. This gives you the best throughput.

  • Uses a plain Smoke solver.

Displaying the simulated output in the viewport requires a GPU → CPU → GPU round trip, but this is required in general to support simulating on a card other than your display card.

SourceVorticlesAndCollision Example for Smoke Object dynamics node

This example demonstrates a simple smoke system using a source, keyframed RBD collision objects, and vorticles.

rbdsmokesource Example for Smoke Object dynamics node

A ghostly tetrahedron bounces around a box, its presense shown by its continuous emission of smoke.

StaticBalls Example for Static Object dynamics node

This example uses static object nodes in an RBD simulation of a grid falling and bouncing off three spheres before it hits the ground.

FractureExamples Example for Voronoi Fracture Solver dynamics node

This example actually includes eight examples of ways that you can use voronoi fracturing in Houdini. In particular, it shows how you can use the Voronoi Fracture Solver and the Voronoi Fracture Configure Object nodes in your fracture simulations. Turn on the display flags for these examples one at a time to play the animation and dive down into each example to examine the setup.

SimpleVortex Example for Vortex Force dynamics node

This example uses a few balls to visualize the force generated by a Vortex Force DOP.

TurbulentSmoke Example for Wind Force dynamics node

This example illustrates how the Wind DOP can be used to add turbulence to a fluid simulation.

BeadCurtain Example for Wire Solver dynamics node

This example uses the Wire Solver to simulate a bead curtain. A stream of RBD balls are thrown at the curtain, and through feedback the curtain and balls are mutually affected by the collisions.

BreakWire Example for Wire Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates how to break wire constraints on a per point basis. The wire solver is set up to constrain certain points if it finds an attribute named 'pintoanimation'.

Pendulum Example for Wire Solver dynamics node

This example shows how to mutually affect an object at the constraint point and the object at the bob of the pendulum.

RainbowGeometryLight

This example highlights several features:

  • Geometry area lights

  • Attenuation ramp controls

  • Surface model specular layers

The example consists of a geometry light based on a wireframe of nurbs curves. The attenuation on the light uses colored keys, allowing for different light colors to be produced at different distances from the light. The ground plane shader uses a surface model with two specular components - one wide component and another narrower glossy component to give a multi-layered appearance.

TransparentShadows Example for Light object node

This example shows how to configure transparent shadows with deep shadow maps. The scene includes a transparent grid which casts a shadow on the scene. The renderer used is micropolygon rendering.

JiggleMuscle

This example demonstrates how to make a muscle jiggle in object space using a two point muscle.

switchcamera Example for Switcher object node

In this example, we demonstrate how a switcher node can be used to switch the view between two cameras and then used by the render node to output the scene.

rop_example_bakeanimation Example for Bake Animation render node

This example shows how to setup Bake Animation ROP to tranfer animation from a rig onto another while baking object constraints.

AmbientOcclusion Example for Mantra render node

Ambient occlusion is a fast technique for producing soft, diffuse lighting in open spaces by using ray tracing. It is computed by determining how much of the hemisphere above a point is blocked by other surfaces in the scene, and producing a darker lighting value when the point is heavily occluded. This technique can be useful when you need a GI-like effect without paying the price for full global illumination.

With this particular example, an Ambient Occlusion light and some geometry is provided in the form of a Digital Asset. An Environment Light was used, and it’s parameters were promoted for easy access.

Decreasing the sample count allows you to improve render time at the expense of some additional noise in the render. The following render uses the same shader as the image above but decreases the samples from the default of 256 to 16. This value is set on the Sampling Quality under the Render Options tab of the Light.

Environment Maps

If you have a smooth environment map, it is possible to replace the global background color (white) with the value from an environment map. You can also enable the Sky Environment Map under the Sky Environment Map tab.

MotionVector Example for Mantra render node

The example demonstrates how to generate a motion vector layer for post-velocity compositing. Load the example and render 5 frames. Then in the image viewer, switch from 'C' (colour) to 'motion_vector' to see the results.

Volume Rendering - File Referenced Smoke Example for Mantra render node

Volume rendering is a rendering approach that allows high-quality, integrated rendering of volumetric effects like smoke, clouds, spray, and fire.

Volume rendering is suitable for rendering many types of volumetric effects. Scenes that are particularly suited to rendering with mantra volumes include:

  • Detailed "hero" clouds, smoke, or fire

  • Fields of instanced clouds, smoke, or fire

Scenes where volume rendering may not be quite so applicable include:

  • Scenes with a single uniform fog

In this particular example, a bgeo file (1 frame only) was exported from a fluid simulation of smoke and is now referenced using the File SOP. A material using VEX Volume Cloud is assigned to this volumetric data at the top level of the Volume Object. To see this scene in shaded mode, ensure that HOUDINI_OGL_ENABLE_SHADERS is set to 1 in the environment variables.

Controlling Quality/Performance

Volume rendering uses ray marching to step through volumes. Ray marching generates shading points in the volume by uniformly stepping along rays for each pixel in the image. There are two ways to change the quality and speed of the volume ray marching:

  1. The samples parameter on the Sampling tab of the mantra ROP. More pixel samples will produce more ray marches within that pixel leading to higher quality. Using more pixel samples will also improve antialiasing and motion blur quality for the volume.

  2. The volumesteprate parameter on the Sampling tab of the mantra ROP. A larger volume step rate will produce more samples in the volume interior, improving quality and decreasing performance. A separate shadow step rate can be used for shadows.

Which parameter you should change will depend on your quality requirements for pixel antialiasing. In general, it is better to decrease the volume step size rather than increase the pixel samples because a smaller volume step size will lead to more accurate renders.

This render uses 2×2 samples and volume step rate of 1. Notice the detail in the shadows.

This render uses the same scene with 4×4 samples and a volume step rate of 0.25. The fine detail in the shadow has been lost and the volume is somewhat more transparent. The quality level is approximately the same.

ShutterShape

This example demonstrates how to use the shutter shape parameter to control the opening of the shutter along time through a grayscale ramp.

AtmosphereShader

This example shows how to create an atmosphere shader with volumetric shadows. The atmosphere object has a vex lit fog shader attached to it, and the spotlight has deep shadows enabled. The objects in the scene have a matte shader attached to them.

Down Hill Lava Flow Example for Material shader node

In this file we create a downhill lava flow with crust gathering and hardening at the base of the slope. All of the animation is achieved through the shader itself, and all of the geometry is completely static.

Note

Most of the parameters for the lava material are overridden by point attributes created in the surface nodes.

FirePit Example for Material shader node

Note

No geometry is animated in this file. All animation is achieved by animating the textures

Flames are grids so that UV textures can easily be applied, they are then warped around a metaball using a magnet SOP. The flames are then assigned to either a yellow or blue Flames texture. The Flames' opacity mask wrap is set to Decal to prevent the texture from repeating and showing a single pixel ring at the top of the flame geometry. I'm also using a mask file named flameOpacMap.jpg to enhance the flames' shape at the top. The noise offset has been animated over $T with an greater emphasis on the Y axis so that the flames look like they are rising. This is the same reason the Noise jitter is larger for the Y axis as well.

The coals are spheres that have been copy stamped onto a deformed grid. Using Attribute Create surface nodes I am able to override and copy stamp the lava texture’s parameters at the SOP level so that local variables, such as $BBY, can be used to animate the texture. This way the texture’s crust and its crust values can be used only to form the tops of the coals. This reserves the lava aspect of the texture to be used on the bottoms of the coals. The lava intensity (Kd attribute) is then stamped and animated to create the look of embers on the bottom of coals glowing.

Basic RIS Shading Example Example for RIS Shader Network shader node

In this file we create a simple geometry and assign BxDF shaders to it. The shading network consists of pattern shaders feeding into the BxDF shaders.

AddItUp Example for Add geometry node

This network demonstrates the many uses of the Add SOP to build and manipulate geometry:

  • It is used to create points in space which can then be used to create polygons using designated patterns. These polygons can be open or closed. Futhermore, each point can be animated through expressions or keyframes.

  • It is used to both create points and grab points from other primitives. These points may be used in polygon creation.

  • The Add SOP may be utilized to create a polygon using points extracted from another polygonal object. A Group SOP allows for the creation of the point group that will be referenced by the Add SOP.

  • The Add SOP is used to create a polygon from a group of animated Null objects. An Object Merge SOP references the null points in SOPs which are then fed into an Add SOP for polygon generation. A Fit SOP, in turn, is used to create an interpolated spline from the referenced null points. The result is an animted spline.

  • The Add SOP is used to generate points without creating any primitives. Also, points from other objects can be extracted through the Add SOP.

  • Finally the Add SOP can additionally be used to procedurally create rows and columns.

AlignTube Example for Align geometry node

This example demonstrates how the UV information on surfaces, NURBS in this example, are used by the Align SOP to orient one object to another’s surface.

UV reference parameters in the Align SOP can be animated as shown in the align_tube example.

Animating UV parameters leads to the translation and rotation of the aligned geometries along one another’s surface in various ways.

PackedFragments Example for Assemble geometry node

This example shows how you can break a sphere into packed objects for use in a rigid body simulation using the Assemble SOP.

AttribPromoteSphere Example for Attribute Promote geometry node

This example demonstrates how the AttribPromote SOP can be used to transfer (promote) attributes between points and primitives.

TransferColor Example for Attribute Transfer geometry node

The Attribute Transfer SOP can be used to transfer color attributes from one geometry to another. The effective field of transfer can be controlled through the various parameters in the Attribute Transfer SOP.

FlounderBend Example for Bend geometry node

This example demonstrates how to use the new Bend node to bend a flounder.

BlendColors Example for Blend Shapes geometry node

This network utilizes the Blendshapes SOP to morph one geometry’s colors into another’s color.

Two input blend shapes act as inputs for the Blendshapes SOP.

The Blendshapes SOP interpolates all designated attributes, in this case "Cd" between the various inputs.

Play the animation to see the effect.

SwissCheese Example for Block End geometry node

This node shows how to iterate over all the pieces of one geometry to consecutively subtract volumes from an original geometry.

BoxSpring Example for Box geometry node

The Box SOP is used for more than just creating boxes. It can also envelop existing geometry for specific purposes.

The Box SOP can either create a simple six-sided polygon box, calculate the bounding box size for geometry, or be used in conjunction with the Lattice SOP.

There are two objects within the box.hip file that are examples of this:

  • animated_bounding_box

    The animated_bounding_box object shows how you can envelope an object and surround it with a simple box, even if it is animated. This can be useful when displaying complicated geometry, in which case you would put the display flag on the box object and the render flag on the complicated geometry.

  • box_spring_lattice

    This is an example, a Lattice SOP used in conjunction with the Box SOP. The Box SOP is used to envelope some geometry, in this case a sphere. Divisions is checked to create the proper geometry by referencing the number of divisions in the Lattice SOP.

The top points of the box are grouped by a Group SOP. The Spring SOP uses these points as the Fixed Points from which to create the deformation.

Using the Box SOP in this way allows you to change the incoming geometry (the basic_sphere in this case) and have the box and lattice automatically re-size for you.

BulgeCat Example for Bulge geometry node

Create a simple cat head by using the Bulge SOP combined with metaballs and a NURBS sphere.

SlowParticles Example for Cache geometry node

This file uses the Particle SOP to create a stream of particles.

Then using the Cache SOP, the particles are slowed down. The Cache SOP has the ability to control the frame rate of an animation and read the animation slower than the global frame rate

CarveExtractCurve Example for Carve geometry node

This network is a demonstration of how the Carve SOP can be used to extract various elements of the surface geometry.

Depending on the type of geometry, the Carve SOP may be used to extract points from polygonal objects or curves from NURBS surfaces.

Furthermore, the Carve SOP uses the surface U and V information to extract the various elements, and by animating the U and V values we can create various effects as the points and curves move on the geometry surface.

CopySpikes Example for Carve geometry node

This network contains an example of how the Carve SOP can extract 3D Isoparametric Curves from a surface, and how those curves may be used as a copy template.

The Carve SOP can be used to slice a primitive, cut it into multiple sections, or extract points or cross-sections from it.

In this example, the Extract option has been used to Extract 3D Isoparametric Curve(s). A series of disk-like shapes are created as the Carve SOP extracts curves from points around the surface with the same V Directional value.

It then uses the points along those curves as a template on which to copy sourced geometry.

DiscCarve Example for Carve geometry node

This network is a demonstration of the Carve SOP, specifically when dealing with extracting curves from a NURBs surface and animating that extraction.

The Carve SOP uses the U and V surface data to carve the geometry.

In our example we have extracted curves which can then be used as basis for other geometry to create interesting effects.

Given the Carve SOP uses a 0 to 1 value to carve either in the U or V surface direction, that value can be animated either by keyframing or through expressions.

BlobbySphere Example for Channel geometry node

This is a simple example of how to utilize the Channel SOP to bring information from CHOPs into SOPs and apply it to geometry.

We use an animated sphere and create a lag in the animation of selected areas of the sphere.

In a CHOP network, the Geometry CHOP brings in point position data of the sphere geometry and runs it through a Lag CHOP for the delaying effect. The Channel SOP then references the Lag CHOP and applies the point data back to the selected areas of the original NURBS sphere.

ChopSoftBody Example for Channel geometry node

This is an Advanced example.

This network contains example of how the Channel SOP can be used in conjunction with a POP network to manipulate geometry at the SOP level.

First a simple particle network allows the creation and collision of particles sourced from grid geometry.

Next the positional data of the particles is evaluated through a CHOP network using a Geometry CHOP. The Geometry CHOP returns the tx, ty and tz values for every particle birthed in the POP network.

Then, a Channel SOP brings the positional data back to the geometry level and applies it to the points on the original grid surface.

ClayBasic Example for Clay geometry node

This demonstration contains four examples of how a Clay SOP is used. The points have been animated to better visualize this.

Matrix - Point transformation is given by a matrix.

Vector - Point is translated along a vector.

Point - Point is moved to an absolute XYZ position in object space.

Primitive - Point snaps to the (U,V) of the primitive in the 2nd input of to a (U,V) on itself if no 2nd input is present.

ClipVariations Example for Clip geometry node

This network compares the various ways in which the Clip SOP can be used with geometry. Depending on what parts of the clipped geometry we want to keep, different effects are achievable.

The Clip SOP can also be used as a grouping tool by specify group boundaries with clip planes.

Clip planes can be animated. Play the animation to view the results.

CaptureDeform Example for Cloth Deform geometry node

This example demonstrates how you can use the Cloth Capture and Cloth Deform nodes to transfer the simulation from a low-res piece of cloth to a hi-res piece of cloth.

ConvertBasic Example for Convert geometry node

This example shows the various ways in which the Convert SOP converts geometry types using a simple sphere.

A chart is used for this demonstration.

The left column of the chart describes the original geometry type to convert from.

The top row of the chart describes the geometry type to convert to.

All Sphere SOPs and Convert SOPs in this demonstration use their default values to better visualize the differences.

CookieBasic

This example displays the various ways in which a Cookie SOP operates.

CookieStar

This example creates a boolean operation using the Cookie SOP.

A star geometry is created and used to subtract the shape from the sphere geometry.

CopyAttributes Example for Copy Stamp geometry node

The Copy SOP can be used for more than copying geometry. In this example, the Copy SOP is used to transfer color attributes from the template geometry (or point) to the copied geometry.

A polygonal sphere with color infomation is used as the source geometry. A point with a color attribute (Cd) is extracted from the sphere and used as a template by the Copy SOP. Then the Copy SOP transfers the color infomation to a copied polygonal circle.

CopyTemplateAttribs Example for Copy Stamp geometry node

The Copy SOP is used to transfer specific attributes from a template to copied primitives. In this example, a sphere is use as a template with color attributes added to the sphere points. A Particle SOP is then used to birth particles from the sphere points.

Next, a Copy SOP does two things:

  • It copies geometry to the particles.

  • It transfers the color attribute from the source sphere points to the geometry whose position is based on the particles.

Play the animation to see the effects.

ParticleCopyScale Example for Copy Stamp geometry node

The Copy SOP is used to copy geometry to particles using the Particle SOP as a template. In the example, the Scale parameter of the Copy SOP is used to create the specific effect. The Copy SOP may also be used to control different attributes of the copied geometry beyond mere scale.

Play the animation to see the effects.

StampRandom Example for Copy Stamp geometry node

In this example, the Copy SOP is used to randomly copy various objects onto points of a given template geometry. We use the stamp capability of the Copy SOP for our purpose. Furthermore, the entire process is kept procedural so that we have the option of determining the type and the number of geometries to be copied and the kind of template to be used.

Inside the Stamp tab of the Copy SOP we create a variable named "switch" which will drive the input value of the Select Input parameter in the Switch SOP. In turn, the Copy SOP is able to copy at random any number of input geometry to template points.

StampStars Example for Copy Stamp geometry node

This example demonstrates the power of the Copy SOP’s Stamp operation.

Here, a Copy SOP is used to copy a circle onto the points of a sphere. The Stamp operation then applies various modifications to those copies based on division, scale, color, and extrusion. This results in the generation of a randomized variety of "stars".

Starting with a simple circle, a large number of variations are created using in the copies through the use of Stamping with expressions.

VelocityStamp Example for Copy Stamp geometry node

This example demonstrates the use of the Stamping function within the Copy SOP.

The Copy SOP creates multiple copies of its source geometry. The Stamping function allows for individual variations in each of these copies.

Press play to see the animation.

CurveClayBasic Example for Curveclay geometry node

This is a demonstration of how the CurveClay SOP can create an embossed effect on nurbs or bezier geometry.

Two different methods of using the CurveClay SOP to imprint font onto a sphere are shown.

The first method uses a single projected profile, the second method uses two profiles.

DeltaMushDemo Example for DeltaMush geometry node

This example demonstrates how the Delta Mush SOP is used to smooth out bone deformation.

LowHigh Example for Dop Import geometry node

This example shows how to create a low res - high res set up to support RBD objects. The two main methods are to reference copy the DOP Import SOP and feed in the high res geometry or to use point instancing with an Instance Object.

ProxyGeometry Example for Dop Import geometry node

This example demonstrates a technique of using the DOP Import SOP to allow the use of proxy geometry in a DOP simulation. One set of geometries are used in the simulation, then the transform information for those objects is applied to higher resolution versions of the geometry.

CoolLava Example for Fluid Source geometry node

This example demonstrates how to cool Lava using the Cool Within Object shelf tool.

ForceBasic Example for Force geometry node

This example file uses the Force SOP in conjunction with Metaball SOPs and Particle SOPs to create dynamic animations.

Using the Radial Force Parameter of the Force SOP, particles are puffed in and out. Then, using the Directional Force Parameter, a rotating vortex is created as a metaball spins around an axis.

Press play to view the animation.

cheese

This example shows how to use the For Each SOP to individually boolean a bunch of self intersecting spheres with a cheese wedge.

cutup

This example shows how to use the foreach sop to intersect one object with each part of another object and merge the results together.

FractalGeoTypes Example for Fractal geometry node

This example demonstrates using the Fractal SOP to deform geometry to get a random, jagged subdivision surface. This is a useful tool in creating things such as bumpy terrains, landscapes, rocks, or debris.

The Fractal SOP is applied to each geometry type to show how the displacement changes based on the geometry type.

FurBall Example for Fur geometry node

This example demonstrates how the Fur SOP builds hair-like curves based on guide curves and skin geometry.

FurBallWorkflow Example for Fur geometry node

This example demonstrates how the Fur SOP and Mantra Fur Procedural can be applied to an animated skin geometry. CVEX shaders are used to apply a custom look to the hairs based upon attributes assigned to the geometry.

FurPipelineExample Example for Fur geometry node

This example illustrates how custom shaders can be used to define the appearance of fur generated by the Fur SOP.

FeaturedEdges

This example demonstrates how feature edges of your object can be preserved during a polyreduce by using an Edge Group.

TransferProximity Example for Group Transfer geometry node

This example demonstrates how to use the proximity of a group’s primitives to transfer the group to a new set of geometry using the Group Transfer SOP.

BallBounce Example for Lattice geometry node

This is an example of how a Lattice SOP is used to create a bouncing ball.

DeformLattice Example for Lattice geometry node

The Lattice SOP creates animated deformations by manipulating simpler geometry that encloses the source geometry.

This example shows how the Lattice SOP can use an animated Box SOP to deform the source geometry. In this case, the source geometry is a sphere.

LatticePerChunk Example for Lattice geometry node

This example shows how you can use the foreach sop to apply a lattice to each fragment of a sphere.

MultiTexture

This example demonstrates the use of the layer SOP to layer multiple textures onto a single object.

MultiUV

This example demonstrates how to have multiple shading layers with different uv sets using the Layer SOP and the VEX Layered Surface SHOP.

MagnetDistortion Example for Magnet geometry node

This example demonstrates some of the various ways to use the Magnet SOP.

It can be used to affect point position, point color, point normals, and velocity.

MatchTopologySphere Example for Match Topology geometry node

This example demonstrates how the Match Topology SOP lines up the points and primitives between two geometries with equal amounts of points and primitives.

The Tracking Points, Reference Points, and Assume Primitives Match features are utilized to get a perfect match.

MeasureArea Example for Measure geometry node

This example demonstrates how to create groups based on the area of a primitive using the Measure SOP.

MergeAttributes Example for Merge geometry node

The Merge SOP applies all incoming attributes to all input geometry. Each input geometry may have its own set of attributes.

Three spheres are wired into a Merge SOP. The first has no attributes applied. The second has a color attribute (Cd[3]) applied by a Point SOP. The third has a normal attribute (N[3]) applied by another Point SOP.

The Merge SOP does NOT know how to build attributes, but can apply them. As a result, all applied attribute values are set to zero.

This is why the first two spheres display and render black. They have normal attributes applied, but their values are set to zero.

In addition, the first and last spheres have a color attribute applied, but their values are set to zero.

It is better to set attributes explicitly, instead of relying on the Merge SOP to do so.

PScale Example for Particle geometry node

This example shows the ability of the Particle SOP to define a default Size for any given birthed particle.

A simple Grid can be used to create a dynamic solution of particles streaming off as if blown by the wind. As these particles leave the grid, their size slowly diminishes, as the particle continues to die.

ParticleExamples Example for Particle geometry node

This example contains five demonstrations of some of the various uses of the Particle SOP.

  • Creep particles along a surface using a the Creep SOP.

  • Group birth particles from a group of points on a surface.

  • Bounce particles.

  • Split particles on contact.

  • Collide particles off a collision object.

  • Birth particles from a moving object.

  • Use a metaball to exert force on a particle.

ParticlePusher Example for Particle geometry node

This example uses a Metaball SOP and a Force SOP to push particles side to side as they pass through a particle stream generated by a Particle SOP.

Particles are birthed in the air off of a sphere, while a metaball passes back and forth through, pushing the particles from its path.

Play the animation to see the full effect.

PartitionBall Example for Partition geometry node

This example demonstrates how to break geometry in a DOPs simulation using the Partition SOP to determine the DOP Objects.

PointBorrowing Example for Point geometry node

This example of the Point SOP demonstrates the capacity of the Point SOP to alter geometry based on another input.

A sphere is created and then the points are randomly transformed. Then, by using both inputs of the Point SOP, the original sphere is brought back to average out its altered form. A simple math expression averages the positions of the two spheres, point by point.

PointExamples Example for Point geometry node

The Point SOP is quite a versatile operator. This example shows how the Point SOP may be used to control point weight, color, normals, and UV attributes.

Furthermore, it is possible to create various relationships among the point attributes through the Point SOP.

PointNormals Example for Point geometry node

This is a demonstration of how the Point SOP can be used to add Normals to geometry.

It also shows how the Point Normals affect the orientation of copied geometry and the appearance of shaders.

PointOffsetSurface Example for Point geometry node

Using the Point SOP, a simple displacement is created and applied to a portion of a spherical surface.

Using the normals of a point, which is basically a vector, and adding that number to the position of the point, the point is displaced in that given direction. With a Merge and Skin SOP the displaced surface is then connected back to the original.

PolyKnitBasic

This example demonstrates the various options for joining polygons using the PolyKnit SOP. The PolyKnit SOP is useful for filling in holes, gaps, or to re-define edges on polygonal geometry.

PolyKnit can be used to manually knit joining polygons between existing polygons. Polygons are created by specifying a list of input points from which to "knit" the new polygons.

PolyKnit will yield different results, depending on the pattern by which the points are selected or listed. Please see the Helpcard documentation for more information on how the PolyKnit SOP builds new polygons.

PolyPatchDNA Example for PolyPatch geometry node

This example demonstrates the use of the PolyPatch SOP to procedurally model complex forms.

Here, a DNA model is created.

PopMerge

This example demonstrates how to reference a particle simulation using the POP Merge SOP.

PrimCenter Example for Primitive geometry node

This is an example of how to use the Primitive SOP to correctly sweep primitives on a curve.

The Sweep SOP places the origin of a primitive on a curve by default. If the primitive centroid is away from the origin, the primitive will be placed away from the curve.

In order to correctly place the primitive’s centroid on the backbone, its centroid must be at the origin. For this, the Primitive SOP is used.

PrimitiveColors Example for Primitive geometry node

This example demonstrates using the Primitive SOP to add a Color attribute to primitive geometry.

The rand() function is used in the RGB fields to generate different random colors for each primitive.

Then the prim() function is used to reference the attribute values of one SOP, to drive the attribute values of another SOP.

PrimitiveExplode Example for Primitive geometry node

This file demonstrates the ability of the Primitive SOP to control the individual primitives of the object.

With expressions in the Translate Parameter, motion is created driving the primitives away from their centroid. Yet another expression presents the primitives with a randomized rotation. Another randomizing expression colorizes each of the primitives.

Together these parameter create an explosion destroying the original sphere.

RayWrap Example for Ray geometry node

The Ray SOP projects one object over the surface contours of another.

It does so by calculating the collisions of the projected object’s normals with the surface geometry of the collided object.

In this example, a Grid is wrapped over the surface of a deformed Sphere using the Ray SOP.

A Facet SOP is used to correct the normals of the wrapped Grid after it is deformed over the surface.

BasicRest Example for Rest Position geometry node

The Rest Position SOP creates an attribute based on the surface normals that allows a shader to stick to a deforming surface.

All primitives support the rest attribute, but, in the case of quadric primitives (circle, tube, sphere and metaball primitives), the rest position is only translational. This means that rest normals will not work correctly for these primitive types either.

Use the Rest Position SOP only when you are deforming your geometry and you are assigning volumetric or solid materials/patterns in your shader.

Rest normals are required if feathering is used on polygons and meshes in Mantra. NURBs/Beziers will use the rest position to compute the correct resting normals.

It will be necessary to render the setup in order to see the effect.

BlendPUsingv Example for Sequence Blend geometry node

This example shows how you can blend point positions taking into account their velocities, using the Sequence Blend SOP.

BlendPrimitiveAttributes Example for Sequence Blend geometry node

This example shows how to blend primitive attributes using a Sequence Blend SOP.

SphereTypes Example for Sphere geometry node

This example shows all the geometry types the Sphere SOP can create and explains the differences between them.

Choosing the right geometry type can make a network flow and render much faster.

BoundLattice Example for Spring geometry node

This network utilizes three SOPs (Bound, Spring and Lattice) that commonly work together to simulate certain physical dynamics.

We have created a simple polygonal sphere to act as the source geometry. The sphere is then fed into a Bound SOP which will act as a deforming reference. The Bound SOP also behaves as re-enforcement for the deforming object.

Then the bounding box is wired into the Spring SOP with a group of grids as collision objects. The Spring SOP simulates the dynamics by calculating the proper deformations and behaviours of our source geometry as it collides with other objects. The Spring SOP is where we can apply external forces along with various attributes (characteristics such as mass and drag) which influence how the object deforms.

Finally the Lattice SOP takes the deformation information from the Spring SOP and applies it to the source sphere geometry.

SpringExamples Example for Spring geometry node

This example demonstrates the three main functions of the Spring SOP.

It shows how the Spring SOP can deform input geometry to create a cloth like effect by creating interactions between two objects, defining motion, and applying forces.

Play the animation to see the Spring SOP in action.

SpringHair Example for Spring geometry node

This example demonstrates a way to create dynamic hair using the Spring SOP.

A Line is copied onto the points of a Sphere and input into the Spring SOP as a source. Then a Metaball and Force are input to further effect the motion of the hair.

SurfsectBasic Example for Surfsect geometry node

This example demonstrates the use of the Surfsect SOP’s boolean operation.

First a box is used to subtract from a Sphere leaving 4 disks. Then the Sphere is used to subtract from the Box leaving just the corners.

UnpackWithStyle Example for Unpack geometry node

This example demonstrates the Unpack SOPs ability to evaluate style sheet information while unpacking. Nested packed primitives are used to demonstrate partial unpacking while still preserving styling information. This example also demonstrates the use of a Python SOP to extract information from the per-primitive style sheets.

ProjectionTypes Example for UV Project geometry node

This example demonstrates the various projection types supported by the uvproject SOP.

VertexTexture Example for Vertex Split geometry node

This example uses the Vertex Split SOP to add sufficient points for copying vertex texture coordinates to point positions.

volumefeather Example for Volume Feather geometry node

This example shows how to use the Volume Feather SOP to smooth sharp volumes either in a purely outwards or purely inwards direction.

volumefromattrib Example for Volume from Attribute geometry node

This example shows how to use the Volume From Attrib SOP to transfer point attributes into volume voxels.

DetectOverlap Example for Volume Merge geometry node

This example shows how to detect the overlapping regions of many incoming volumes procedurally using Volume SOP and Volume Merge SOP.

volumemerge Example for Volume Merge geometry node

This example shows how to use the Volume Merge SOP to flatten multiple instanced volumes onto a single camera frustum volume.

ImportVolumes Example for Volume VOP geometry node

This example shows how to import multiple volumes into a Volume VOP SOP.

ModulusTransform Example for Transform geometry node

Create a cyclical animation using the Transform SOP, the Group SOP, and the modulus operation.

pscaleVOPSOP Example for Add Attribute VOP node

I attached a file that shows various ways to create the pscale attribute. It uses three key nodes: 1) Property POP to add pscale 2) Point SOP to add pscale 3) a VOP SOP to add pscale (that is tricked out to also do random offsets)

VOPpointgroup Example for Add Point to Group VOP node

Example of building point Groups in a VOP SOP where every other point is added to a new group.

Only point groups are supported in VOPs.

The VOPs you need to learn are:

Add Point To Group VOP, Create Point Group VOP, and Point In Group VOP

CrinkleSphere Example for Inline Code VOP node

This example demonstrates the use of an Inline Code node that allows you to write VEX code that is put directly into your shader or operator definition.

IntersectGrid Example for Intersect VOP node

This example demonstrates how grid points can be transferred to particles on the surface of a sphere using the Intersect VOP.

PointCloudWrite Example for Point Cloud Write VOP node

This example shows how the pcwrite vop can be used to write out points to a point cloud file. Render the mantra1 ROP to generate the point cloud, then view the point cloud with gplay. The distribution of points will depend on where mantra shaders are executed - in this case, the mantra ROP is configured to shade hidden surfaces allowing the back faces of the sphere to generate points.

RaytraceVopShader Example for Ray Trace VOP node

This example demonstrates a simple ray traced shader using a vop vex network. To modify the shader properties, create a properties shader in the material and connect it to the output shaders node. You can then add rendering parameters to the properties node. For example to control the number of reflection bounces, you would add the reflect limit parameter.

SensorDeform Example for Sensor Panorama Create VOP node

Example demonstrating sensor creation and how depth information can be extracted using the cone command. This allows the centre sphere to be deform by observed sphere.

ParticleVolumeCollision Example for Volume Sample VOP node

This example demonstrates how to set attributes on a particle based on the value of a volume at the particle’s position.

To accomplish this, you can use a VOP POP to edit the particles, using the Volume Sample from File VOP to sample the volume.

In the example, particles are colored differently based on whether they are "in" or "out" of the volume, where "in" is defined in the example as "the value in the volume is > 0 at the position of the particle", but could easily be changed.

Geometry nodes

  • Adaptive Prune

    Removes elements while trying to maintain the overall appearance.

  • Add

    Creates Points or Polygons, or adds points/polys to an input.

  • Agent

    Creates agent primitives.

  • Agent Clip

    Adds new clips to agent primitives.

  • Agent Clip Properties

    Defines how agents' animation clips should be played back.

  • Agent Clip Transition Graph

    Creates geometry describing possible transitions between animation clips.

  • Agent Collision Layer

    Creates a new agent layer that is suitable for collision detection.

  • Agent Configure Joints

    Creates point attributes that specify the rotation limits of an agent’s joints.

  • Agent Constraint Network

    Builds a constraint network to hold an agent’s limbs together.

  • Agent Edit

    Edits properties of agent primitives.

  • Agent Layer

    Adds a new layer to agent primitives.

  • Agent Look At

    Adjusts the head of an agent to look at a specific object or position.

  • Agent Look At

    Adjusts the head of an agent to look at a specific object or position.

  • Agent Prep

    Adds various common point attributes to agents for use by other crowd nodes.

  • Agent Prep

    Adds various common point attributes to agents for use by other crowd nodes.

  • Agent Proxy

    Provides simple proxy geometry for an agent.

  • Agent Relationship

    Creates parent-child relationships between agents.

  • Agent Terrain Adaptation

    Adapts agents' legs to conform to terrain and prevent the feet from sliding.

  • Agent Transform Group

    Adds new transform groups to agent primitives.

  • Alembic

    Loads the geometry from an Alembic scene archive (.abc) file into a geometry network.

  • Alembic Group

    Creates a geometry group for Alembic primitives.

  • Alembic Primitive

    Modifies intrinsic properties of Alembic primitives.

  • Alembic ROP output driver

  • Align

    Aligns a group of primitives to each other or to an auxiliary input.

  • Assemble

    Cleans up a series of break operations and creates the resulting pieces.

  • Attribute Blur

    Blurs out (or "relaxes") points in a mesh or a point cloud.

  • Attribute Cast

    Changes the size/precision Houdini uses to store an attribute.

  • Attribute Composite

    Composites vertex, point, primitive, and/or detail attributes between two or more selections.

  • Attribute Copy

    Copies attributes between groups of vertices, points, or primitives.

  • Attribute Create

    Adds or edits user defined attributes.

  • Attribute Delete

    Deletes point and primitive attributes.

  • Attribute Expression

    Allows simple VEX expressions to modify attributes.

  • Attribute Fade

    Fades a point attribute in and out over time.

  • Attribute Interpolate

    Interpolates attributes within primitives or based on explicit weights.

  • Attribute Mirror

    Copies and flips attributes from one side of a plane to another.

  • Attribute Promote

    Promotes or demotes attributes from one geometry level to another.

  • Attribute Randomize

    Generates random attribute values of various distributions.

  • Attribute Rename

    Renames or deletes point and primitive attributes.

  • Attribute Reorient

    Modifies point attributes based on differences between two models.

  • Attribute String Edit

    Edits string attribute values.

  • Attribute Swap

    Copies, moves, or swaps the contents of attributes.

  • Attribute Transfer

    Transfers vertex, point, primitive, and/or detail attributes between two models.

  • Attribute Transfer By UV

    Transfers attributes between two geometries based on UV proximity.

  • Attribute VOP

    Runs a VOP network to modify geometry attributes.

  • Attribute Wrangle

    Runs a VEX snippet to modify attribute values.

  • Attribute from Map

    Samples texture map information to a point attribute.

  • Attribute from Volume

    Copies information from a volume onto the point attributes of another piece of geometry, with optional remapping.

  • Bake ODE

    Converts primitives for ODE and Bullet solvers.

  • Bake Volume

    Computes lighting values within volume primitives

  • Basis

    Provides operations for moving knots within the parametric space of a NURBS curve or surface.

  • Bend

    Applies deformations such as bend, taper, squash/stretch, and twist.

  • Blast

    Deletes primitives, points, edges or breakpoints.

  • Blend Shapes

    Computes a 3D metamorphosis between shapes with the same topology.

  • Block Begin

    The start of a looping block.

  • Block Begin Compile

    The start of a compile block.

  • Block End

    The end/output of a looping block.

  • Block End Compile

    The end/output of a compile block.

  • Bone Capture

    Supports Bone Deform by assigning capture weights to bones.

  • Bone Capture Biharmonic

    Supports Deform by assigning capture weights to points based on biharmonic functions on tetrahedral meshes.

  • Bone Capture Lines

    Supports Bone Capture Biharmonic by creating lines from bones with suitable attributes.

  • Bone Capture Proximity

    Supports Bone Deform by assigning capture weights to points based on distance to bones.

  • Bone Deform

    Uses capture attributes created from bones to deform geometry according to their movement.

  • Bone Link

    Creates default geometry for Bone objects.

  • Boolean

    Combines two polygonal objects with boolean operators, or finds the intersection lines between two polygonal objects.

  • Bound

    Creates an axis-aligned bounding box or sphere for the input geometry.

  • Box

    Creates a cube or six-sided rectangular box.

  • Break

    Breaks the input geometry using the specified cutting shape.

  • Bulge

    Deforms the points in the first input using one or more magnets from the second input.

  • Cache

    Records and caches its input geometry for faster playback.

  • Cap

    Closes open areas with flat or rounded coverings.

  • Capture Attribute Pack

    Converts array attributes into a single index-pair capture attribute.

  • Capture Attribute Unpack

    Converts a single index-pair capture attribute into per-point and detail array attributes.

  • Capture Correct

    Adjusts capture regions and capture weights.

  • Capture Layer Paint

    Lets you paint capture attributes directly onto geometry.

  • Capture Mirror

    Copies capture attributes from one half of a symmetric model to the other.

  • Capture Override

    Overrides the capture weights on individual points.

  • Capture Region

    Supports Capture and Deform operation by creating a volume within which points are captured to a bone.

  • Carve

    Slices, cuts or extracts points or cross-sections from a primitive.

  • Channel

    Reads sample data from a chop and converts it into point positions and point attributes.

  • Circle

    Creates open or closed arcs, circles and ellipses.

  • Clay

    Lets you deform NURBS faces and NURBS surfaces by pulling points that lie directly on them.

  • Clean

    Helps clean up dirty models.

  • Clip

    Removes or groups geometry on one side of a plane, or creases geometry along a plane.

  • Cloth Capture

    Captures low-res simulated cloth.

  • Cloth Deform

    Deforms geometry captured by the Cloth Capture SOP.

  • Cloud

    Creates a volume representation of source geometry.

  • Cloud Light

    Fills a volume with a diffuse light.

  • Cloud Noise

    Applies a cloud like noise to a Fog volume.

  • Cluster

    Low-level machinery to cluster points based on their positions (or any vector attribute).

  • Cluster Points

    Higher-level node to cluster points based on their positions (or any vector attribute).

  • Collision Source

    Creates geometry and VDB volumes for use with DOPs collisions.

  • Color

    Adds color attributes to geometry.

  • Comb

    Adjust surface point normals by painting.

  • Connect Adjacent Pieces

    Creates lines between nearby pieces.

  • Connectivity

    Creates an attribute with a unique value for each set of connected primitives or points.

  • Control

    Creates simple geometry for use as control shapes.

  • Convert

    Converts geometry from one geometry type to another.

  • Convert HeightField

    Converts a 2D height field to a 3D VDB volume, polygon surface, or polygon soup surface.

  • Convert Line

    Converts the input geometry into line segments.

  • Convert Meta

    Polygonizes metaball geometry.

  • Convert Tets

    Generates the oriented surface of a tetrahedron mesh.

  • Convert VDB

    Converts sparse volumes.

  • Convert VDB Points

    Converts a Point Cloud into a VDB Points Primitive, or vice versa.

  • Convert Volume

    Converts the iso-surface of a volume into a polygonal surface.

  • Copy Stamp

    Creates multiple copies of the input geometry, or copies the geometry onto the points of the second input.

  • Copy and Transform

    Copies geometry and applies transformations to the copies.

  • Copy to Points

    Copies the geometry in the first input onto the points of the second input.

  • Crease

    Manually adds or removes a creaseweight attribute to/from polygon edges, for use with the Subdivide SOP.

  • Creep

    Deforms and animates a piece of geometry across a surface.

  • Crowd Source

    Populates a crowd of agent primitives.

  • Crowd Source

    Creates crowd agents to be used with the crowd solver.

  • Curve

    Creates polygonal, NURBS, or Bezier curves.

  • Curveclay

    Deforms a spline surface by reshaping a curve on the surface.

  • Curvesect

    Finds the intersections (or points of minimum distance) between two or more curves or faces.

  • DOP I/O

    Imports fields from DOP simulations, saves them to disk, and loads them back again.

  • DOP Import Fields

    Imports scalar and vector fields from a DOP simulation.

  • DOP Import Records

    Imports option and record data from DOP simulations into points with point attributes.

  • DOP Network

  • Debris Source

    Generates point emission sources for debris from separating fractured rigid body objects.

  • Deformation Wrangle

    Runs a VEX snippet to deform geometry.

  • Delete

    Deletes input geometry by group, entity number, bounding volume, primitive/point/edge normals, and/or degeneracy.

  • Delete Overlapping Polygons

    Removes polygons that overlap.

  • DeltaMush

    Smooths out (or "relaxes") point deformations.

  • Dissolve

    Deletes edges from the input polygonal geometry merging polygons with shared edges.

  • Dissolve

    Deletes points, primitives, and edges from the input geometry and repairs any holes left behind.

  • Divide

    Divides, smooths, and triangulates polygons.

  • Dop Import

    Imports and transforms geometry based on information extracted from a DOP simulation.

  • Draw Curve

    Creates a curve based on user input in the viewport.

  • Draw Guides

  • Each

    Culls the input geometry according to the specifications of the For Each SOP.

  • Edge Collapse

    Collapses edges and faces to their centerpoints.

  • Edge Cusp

    Sharpens edges by uniquing their points and recomputing point normals.

  • Edge Divide

    Inserts points on the edges of polygons and optionally connects them.

  • Edge Flip

    Flips the direction of polygon edges.

  • Edge Transport

    Copies and optionally modifies attribute values along edges networks and curves.

  • Edit

    Edits points, edges, or faces interactively.

  • Ends

    Closes, opens, or clamps end points.

  • Enumerate

    Sets an attribute on selected points or primitives to sequential numbers.

  • Error

    Generates a message, warning, or error, which can show up on a parent asset.

  • Exploded View

    Pushes geometry out from the center to create an exploded view.

  • Extrude

    Extrudes geometry along a normal.

  • Extrude Volume

    Extrudes surface geometry into a volume.

  • Facet

    Controls the smoothness of faceting of a surface.

  • Filament Advect

    Evolves polygonal curves as vortex filaments.

  • File

    Reads, writes, or caches geometry on disk.

  • File Cache

    Writes and reads geometry sequences to disk.

  • File Merge

    Reads and collates data from disk.

  • Fillet

    Creates smooth bridging geometry between two curves or surfaces.

  • Filmbox FBX ROP output driver

  • Find Shortest Path

    Finds the shortest paths from start points to end points, following the edges of a surface.

  • Fit

    Fits a spline curve to points, or a spline surface to a mesh of points.

  • Fluid Compress

    Compresses the output of fluid simulations to decrease size on disk

  • Fluid Source

    Creates one or multiple volumes out of geometry to be used in a fluid simulation

  • Font

    Creates 3D text from Type 1, TrueType and OpenType fonts.

  • Force

    Uses a metaball to attract or repel points or springs.

  • Fractal

    Creates jagged mountain-like divisions of the input geometry.

  • Fur

    Creates a set of hair-like curves across a surface.

  • Fuse

    Merges or splits (uniques) points.

  • Geometry ROP output driver

  • Glue Cluster

    Adds strength to a glue constraint network according to cluster values.

  • Grain Source

    Generates particles to be used as sources in a particle-based grain simulation.

  • Grid

    Creates planar geometry.

  • Groom Blend

    Blends the guides and skin of two grooms.

  • Groom Fetch

    Fetches groom data from grooming objects.

  • Groom Pack

    Packs the components of a groom into a set of named Packed Primitives for the purpose of writing it to disk.

  • Groom Switch

    Switches between all components of two groom streams.

  • Groom Unpack

    Unpacks the components of a groom from a packed groom.

  • Group

    Generates groups of points, primitives, edges, or vertices according to various criteria.

  • Group Combine

    Combines point groups, primitive groups, or edge groups according to boolean operations.

  • Group Copy

    Copies groups between two pieces of geometry, based on point/primitive numbers.

  • Group Delete

    Deletes groups of points, primitives, edges, or vertices according to patterns.

  • Group Expression

    Runs VEX expressions to modify group membership.

  • Group Paint

    Sets group membership interactively by painting.

  • Group Promote

    Converts point, primitive, edge, or vertex groups into point, primitive, edge, or vertex groups.

  • Group Range

    Groups points and primitives by ranges.

  • Group Rename

    Renames groups according to patterns.

  • Group Transfer

    Transfers groups between two pieces of geometry, based on proximity.

  • Guide Advect

    Advects guide points through a velocity volume.

  • Guide Collide With VDB

    Resolves collisions of guide curves with VDB signed distance fields.

  • Guide Deform

    Deforms geometry with an animated skin and optionally guide curves.

  • Guide Groom

    Allows intuitive manipulation of guide curves in the viewport.

  • Guide Group

    Creates standard primitive groups used by grooming tools.

  • Guide Initialize

    Quickly give hair guides some initial direction.

  • Guide Mask

    Creates masking attributes for other grooming operations.

  • Guide Partition

    Creates and prepares parting lines for use with hair generation.

  • Guide Skin Attribute Lookup

    Looks up skin geometry attributes under the root point of guide curves.

  • Guide Tangent Space

    Constructs a coherent tangent space along a curve.

  • Guide Transfer

    Transfer hair guides between geometries.

  • Hair Clump

    Clumps guide curves together.

  • Hair Generate

    Generates hair on a surface or from points.

  • Hair Growth Field

    Generates a velocity field based on stroke primitives.

  • HeightField

    Generates an initial heightfield volume for use with terrain tools.

  • HeightField Blur

    Blurs a terrain height field or mask.

  • HeightField Clip

    Limits height values to a certain minimum and/or maximum.

  • HeightField Copy Layer

    Creates a copy of a height field or mask.

  • HeightField Crop

    Extracts a square of a certain width/length from a larger height volume, or resizes/moves the boundaries of the height field.

  • HeightField Distort

    Advects the input volume through a noise pattern to break up hard edges and add variety.

  • HeightField Draw Mask

    Lets you draw shapes to create a mask for height field tools.

  • HeightField Erode

    Calculates thermal and hydraulic erosion over time (frames) to create more realistic terrain.

  • HeightField File

    Imports a 2D image map from a file or compositing node into a height field or mask.

  • HeightField Isolate Layer

    Copies another layer over the mask layer, and optionally flattens the height field.

  • HeightField Layer

    Composites together two height fields.

  • HeightField Layer Clear

    Sets all values in a heightfield layer to 0.

  • HeightField Layer Property

    Sets the border voxel policy on a height field volume.

  • HeightField Mask by Feature

    Creates a mask based on different features of the height layer.

  • HeightField Mask by Object

    Creates a mask based some other geometry.

  • HeightField Noise

    Adds vertical noise to a height field, creating peaks and valleys.

  • HeightField Output

    Exports height and/or mask layers to disk as an image.

  • HeightField Paint

    Lets you paint values into a height or mask field using strokes.

  • HeightField Patch

    Patches features from one heightfield to another.

  • HeightField Pattern

    Adds displacement in the form of a ramps, steps, stripes, Voronoi cells, or other patterns.

  • HeightField Project

    Projects 3D geometry into a height field.

  • HeightField Quick Shade

    Applies a material that lets you plug in textures for different layers.

  • HeightField Remap

    Remaps the values in a height field or mask layer.

  • HeightField Resample

    Changes the resolution of a height field.

  • HeightField Scatter

    Scatters points across the surface of a height field.

  • HeightField Slump

    Simulates loose material sliding down inclines and piling at the bottom.

  • HeightField Terrace

    Creates stepped plains from slopes in the terrain.

  • HeightField Tile Splice

    Stitches height field tiles back together.

  • HeightField Tile Split

    Splits a height field volume into rows and columns.

  • HeightField Transform

    Height field specific scales and offsets.

  • HeightField Visualize

    Visualizes elevations using a custom ramp material, and mask layers using tint colors.

  • Hole

    Makes holes in surfaces.

  • Inflate

    Deforms the points in the first input to make room for the inflation tool.

  • Instance

    Instances Geometry on Points.

  • Intersection Analysis

    Creates points with attributes at intersections between a triangle and/or curve mesh with itself, or with an optional second set of triangles and/or curves.

  • Intersection Stitch

    Composes triangle surfaces and curves together into a single connected mesh.

  • Invoke Compiled Block

    Processes its inputs using the operation of a referenced compiled block.

  • IsoOffset

    Builds an offset surface from geometry.

  • IsoSurface

    Generates an isometric surface from an implicit function.

  • Join

    The Join op connects a sequence of faces or surfaces into a single primitive that inherits their attributes.

  • Knife

    Divides, deletes, or groups geometry based on an interactively drawn line.

  • L-System

    Creates fractal geometry from the recursive application of simple rules.

  • Lattice

    Deforms geometry based on how you reshape control geometry.

  • Lidar Import

    Reads a lidar file and imports a point cloud from its data.

  • Line

    Creates polygon or NURBS lines from a position, direction, and distance.

  • MDD

    Animates points using an MDD file.

  • Magnet

    Deforms geometry by using another piece of geometry to attract or repel points.

  • Match Axis

    Aligns the input geometry to a specific axis.

  • Match Size

    Resizes and recenters the geometry according to reference geometry.

  • Match Topology

    Reorders the primitive and point numbers of the input geometry to match some reference geometry.

  • Material

    Assigns one or more materials to geometry.

  • Measure

    Measures volume, area, and perimeter of polygons and puts the results in attributes.

  • Merge

    Merges geometry from its inputs.

  • MetaGroups

    Defines groupings of metaballs so that separate groupings are treated as separate surfaces when merged.

  • Metaball

    Creates metaballs and meta-superquadric surfaces.

  • Mirror

    Duplicates and mirrors geometry across a mirror plane.

  • Mountain

    Displaces points along their normals based on fractal noise.

  • Mountain

    Displaces points along their normals based on fractal noise.

  • Muscle Capture

    Supports Muscle Deform by assigning capture weights to points based on distance away from given primitives

  • Muscle Deform

    Deforms a surface mesh representing skin to envelop or drape over geometry representing muscles

  • Name

    Creates a "naming" attribute on points or primitives allowing you to refer to them easily, similar to groups.

  • Normal

    Computes surface normal attribute.

  • Null

    Does nothing.

  • Object Merge

    Merges geometry from multiple sources and allows you to define the manner in which they are grouped together and transformed.

  • Object_musclerig@musclerigstrokebuilder

  • Object_riggedmuscle@musclestrokebuilder

    Assists the creation of a Muscle or Muscle Rig by allowing you to draw a stroke on a projection surface.

  • Ocean Evaluate

    Deforms input geometry based on ocean "spectrum" volumes.

  • Ocean Evaluate

    Deforms input geometry based on ocean "spectrum" volumes.

  • Ocean Foam

    Generates particle-based foam

  • Ocean Source

    Generates particles and volumes from ocean "spectrum" volumes for use in simulations

  • Ocean Source

    Generates particles and volumes from ocean "spectrum" volumes for use in simulations

  • Ocean Spectrum

    Generates volumes containing information for simulating ocean waves.

  • Ocean Waves

    Instances individual waveforms onto input points and generated points.

  • OpenCL

    Executes an OpenCL kernel on geometry.

  • Output

    Marks the output of a sub-network.

  • Pack

    Packs geometry into an embedded primitive.

  • Pack Points

    Packs points into a tiled grid of packed primitives.

  • Packed Disk Edit

    Editing Packed Disk Primitives.

  • Packed Edit

    Editing Packed Primitives.

  • Paint

    Lets you paint color or other attributes on geometry.

  • Paint Color Volume

    Creates a color volume based on drawn curve

  • Paint Fog Volume

    Creates a fog volume based on drawn curve

  • Paint SDF Volume

    Creates an SDF volume based on drawn curve

  • Particle

    Creates simple particle simulations without requiring an entire particle network.

  • Particle Fluid Surface

    Generates a surface around the particles from a particle fluid simulation.

  • Particle Fluid Tank

    Creates a set of regular points filling a tank.

  • Partition

    Places points and primitives into groups based on a user-supplied rule.

  • Peak

    Moves primitives, points, edges or breakpoints along their normals.

  • Platonic Solids

    Creates platonic solids of different types.

  • Point

    Manually adds or edits point attributes.

  • Point Cloud Iso

    Constructs an iso surface from its input points.

  • Point Deform

    Deforms geometry on an arbitrary connected point mesh.

  • Point Generate

    Creates new points, optionally based on point positions in the input geometry.

  • Point Jitter

    Jitters points in random directions.

  • Point Relax

    Moves points with overlapping radii away from each other, optionally on a surface.

  • Point Replicate

    Generates a cloud of points around the input points.

  • Points from Volume

    Creates set of regular points filling a volume.

  • Poly Bridge

    Creates flat or tube-shaped polygon surfaces between source and destination edge loops, with controls for the shape of the bridge.

  • Poly Expand 2D

    Creates offset polygonal geometry for planar polygonal graphs.

  • Poly Extrude

    Extrudes polygonal faces and edges.

  • PolyBevel

    Creates straight, rounded, or custom fillets along edges and corners.

  • PolyBevel

    Bevels points and edges.

  • PolyCut

    Breaks curves where an attribute crosses a threshold.

  • PolyDoctor

    Helps repair invalid polygonal geometry, such as for cloth simulation.

  • PolyExtrude

    Extrudes polygonal faces and edges.

  • PolyFill

    Fills holes with polygonal patches.

  • PolyFrame

    Creates coordinate frame attributes for points and vertices.

  • PolyLoft

    Creates new polygons using existing points.

  • PolyPatch

    Creates a smooth polygonal patch from primitives.

  • PolyPath

    Cleans up topology of polygon curves.

  • PolyReduce

    Reduces the number of polygons in a model while retaining its shape. This node preserves features, attributes, textures, and quads during reduction.

  • PolySoup

    Combines polygons into a single primitive that can be more efficient for many polygons

  • PolySpline

    The PolySpline SOP fits a spline curve to a polygon or hull and outputs a polygonal approximation of that spline.

  • PolySplit

    Divides an existing polygon into multiple new polygons.

  • PolySplit

    Divides an existing polygon into multiple new polygons.

  • PolyStitch

    Stitches polygonal surfaces together, attempting to remove cracks.

  • PolyWire

    Constructs polygonal tubes around polylines, creating renderable geometry with smooth bends and intersections.

  • Pose Scope

    Assigns channel paths and/or pickscripts to geometry.

  • Primitive

    Edits primitive, primitive attributes, and profile curves.

  • Primitive Split

    Takes a primitive attribute and splits any points whose primitives differ by more than a specified tolerance at that attribute.

  • Profile

    Extracts or manipulates profile curves.

  • Project

    Creates profile curves on surfaces.

  • Python

    Runs a Python snippet to modify the incoming geometry.

  • RMan Shader

    Attaches RenderMan shaders to groups of faces.

  • Rails

    Generates surfaces by stretching cross-sections between two guide rails.

  • Ray

    Projects one surface onto another.

  • Refine

    Increases the number of points/CVs in a curve or surface without changing its shape.

  • Reguide

    Scatters new guides, interpolating the properties of existing guides.

  • Remesh

    Recreates the shape of the input surface using "high-quality" (nearly equilateral) triangles.

  • Repack

    Repacks geometry as an embedded primitive.

  • Resample

    Resamples one or more curves or surfaces into even length segments.

  • Rest Position

    Sets the alignment of solid textures to the geometry so the texture stays put on the surface as it deforms.

  • Reverse

    Reverses or cycles the vertex order of faces.

  • Revolve

    Revolves a curve around a center axis to sweep out a surface.

  • Rewire Vertices

    Rewires vertices to different points specified by an attribute.

  • Ripple

    Generates ripples by displacing points along the up direction specified.

  • Scatter

    Scatters new points randomly across a surface or through a volume.

  • Script

    Runs scripts when cooked.

  • Sculpt

    Lets you interactively reshape a surface by brushing.

  • Sequence Blend

    Morphs though a sequence of 3D shapes, interpolating geometry and attributes.

  • Sequence Blend

    Sequence Blend lets you do 3D Metamorphosis between shapes and Interpolate point position, colors…

  • Shrinkwrap

    Computes the convex hull of the input geometry and moves its polygons inwards along their normals.

  • Shrinkwrap

    Takes the convex hull of input geometry and moves its polygons inwards along their normals.

  • Skin

    Builds a skin surface between any number of shape curves.

  • Sky

    Creates a sky filled with volumentric clouds

  • Smooth

    Smooths out (or "relaxes") polygons, meshes and curves without increasing the number of points.

  • Smooth

    Smooths out (or "relaxes") polygons, meshes and curves without increasing the number of points.

  • Soft Peak

    Moves the selected point along its normal, with smooth rolloff to surrounding points.

  • Soft Transform

    Moves the selected point, with smooth rolloff to surrounding points.

  • Solid Conform

    Creates a tetrahedral mesh that conforms to a connected mesh as much as possible.

  • Solid Embed

    Creates a simple tetrahedral mesh that covers a connected mesh.

  • Solid Fracture

    Creates a partition of a tetrahedral mesh that can be used for finite-element fracturing.

  • Solver

    Allows running a SOP network iteratively over some input geometry, with the output of the network from the previous frame serving as the input for the network at the current frame.

  • Sort

    Reorders points and primitives in different ways.

  • Sphere

    Creates a sphere or ovoid surface.

  • Split

    Splits primitives or points into two streams.

  • Spray Paint

    Spray paints random points onto a surface.

  • Spring

    Simulates the behavior of points as if the edges connecting them were springs.

  • Sprite

    A SOP node that sets the sprite display for points.

  • Starburst

    Insets points on polygonal faces.

  • Stash

    Caches the input geometry in the node on command, and then uses it as the node’s output.

  • Stitch

    Stretches two curves or surfaces to cover a smooth area.

  • Stroke

    Low level tool for building interactive assets.

  • Stroke Cache

    Simplifies the building of tools that incrementally modify geometry based on strokes.

  • Subdivide

    Subdivides polygons into smoother, higher-resolution polygons.

  • Subnetwork

    The Subnet op is essentially a way of creating a macro to represent a collection of ops as a single op in the Network Editor.

  • Super Quad

    Generates an isoquadric surface.

  • Surfsect

    Trims or creates profile curves along the intersection lines between NURBS or bezier surfaces.

  • Sweep

    Creates a surface by sweeping cross-sections along a backbone curve.

  • Switch

    Switches between network branches based on an expression or keyframe animation.

  • Table Import

    Reads a CSV file creating point per row.

  • Test Geometry: Pig Head

    Creates a pig head, which can be used as test geometry..

  • Test Geometry: Rubber Toy

    Creates a rubber toy, which can be used as test geometry.

  • Test Geometry: Shader Ball

    Creates a shader ball, which can be used to test shaders.

  • Test Geometry: Squab

    Creates a squab, which can be used as test geometry.

  • Test Geometry: Tommy

    Creates a soldier, which can be used as test geometry.

  • Test Simulation: Crowd Transition

    Provides a simple crowd simulation for testing transitions between animation clips.

  • Test Simulation: Ragdoll

    Provides a simple Bullet simulation for testing the behavior of a ragdoll.

  • Tet Partition

    Partitions a given tetrahedron mesh into groups of tets isolated by a given polygon mesh

  • Tetrahedralize

    Performs variations of a Delaunay Tetrahedralization.

  • Time Warp

    Retimes the input to a different time range.

  • TimeBlend

    Blends intraframe values for geometry.

  • TimeShift

    Cooks the input at a different time.

  • Toon Shader Attributes

    Sets attributes used by the Toon Color Shader and Toon Outline Shader.

  • TopoBuild

    Lets you interactively draw a reduced quad mesh automatically snapped to existing geometry.

  • Torus

    Creates a torus (doughnut) shaped surface.

  • Trace

    Traces curves from an image file.

  • Trail

    Creates trails behind points.

  • Transform

    The Transform operation transforms the source geometry in "object space" using a transformation matrix.

  • Transform Axis

    Transforms the input geometry relative to a specific axis.

  • Transform By Attribute

    Transforms the input geometry by a point attribute.

  • Transform Pieces

    Transforms input geometry according to transformation attributes on template geometry.

  • Tri Bezier

    Creates a triangular Bezier surface.

  • TriDivide

    Refines triangular meshes using various metrics.

  • Triangulate 2D

    Connects points to form well-shaped triangles.

  • Trim

    Trims away parts of a spline surface defined by a profile curve or untrims previous trims.

  • Tube

    Creates open or closed tubes, cones, or pyramids.

  • Twist

    Applies deformations such as bend, linear taper, shear, squash/stretch, taper, and twist.

  • UV Brush

    Adjusts texture coordinates in the UV viewport by painting.

  • UV Edit

    Lets you interactively move UVs in the texture view.

  • UV Flatten

    Creates flattened pieces in texture space from 3D geometry.

  • UV Flatten

    Creates flattened pieces in texture space from 3D geometry.

  • UV Fuse

    Merges UVs.

  • UV Layout

    Tries to pack UV islands efficiently into a limited area.

  • UV Pelt

    Relaxes UVs by pulling them out toward the edges of the texture area.

  • UV Project

    Assigns UVs by projecting them onto the surface from a set direction.

  • UV Quick Shade

    Applies an image file as a textured shader to a surface.

  • UV Texture

    Assigns texture UV coordinates to geometry for use in texture and bump mapping.

  • UV Transform

    Transforms UV texture coordinates on the source geometry.

  • UV Transform

    Transforms UV texture coordinates on the source geometry.

  • UV Unwrap

    Separates UVs into reasonably flat, non-overlapping groups.

  • Unix

    Processes geometry using an external program.

  • Unpack

    Unpacks packed primitives.

  • Unpack Points

    Unpacks points from packed primitives.

  • VDB

    Creates one or more empty/uniform VDB volume primitives.

  • VDB Activate

    Activates voxel regions of a VDB for further processing.

  • VDB Activate SDF

    Expand or contract signed distance fields stored on VDB volume primitives.

  • VDB Advect Points

    Moves points in the input geometry along a VDB velocity field.

  • VDB Advect SDF

    Moves SDF VDBs in the input geometry along a VDB velocity field.

  • VDB Analysis

    Computes an analytic property of a VDB volumes, such as gradient or curvature.

  • VDB Clip

    Clips VDB volume primitives using a bounding box or another VDB as a mask.

  • VDB Combine

    Combines the values of two aligned VDB volumes in various ways.

  • VDB Diagnostics

    Tests VDBs for Bad Values and Repairs.

  • VDB Fracture

    Cuts level set VDB volume primitives into multiple pieces.

  • VDB LOD

    Build an LOD Pyramid from a VDB.

  • VDB Morph SDF

    Blends between source and target SDF VDBs.

  • VDB Occlusion Mask

    Create a mask of the voxels in shadow from a camera for VDB primitives.

  • VDB Points Group

    Manipulates the Internal Groups of a VDB Points Primitive.

  • VDB Project Non-Divergent

    Removes divergence from a Vector VDB.

  • VDB Renormalize SDF

    Fixes signed distance fields stored in VDB volume primitives.

  • VDB Resample

    Re-samples a VDB volume primitive into a new orientation and/or voxel size.

  • VDB Reshape SDF

    Reshapes signed distance fields in VDB volume primitives.

  • VDB Segment by Connectivity

    Splits SDF VDBs into connected components.

  • VDB Smooth

    Smooths out the values in a VDB volume primitive.

  • VDB Smooth SDF

    Smooths out SDF values in a VDB volume primitive.

  • VDB Topology to SDF

    Creates an SDF VDB based on the active set of another VDB.

  • VDB Vector Merge

    Merges three scalar VDB into one vector VDB.

  • VDB Vector Split

    Splits a vector VDB primitive into three scalar VDB primitives.

  • VDB Visualize Tree

    Replaces a VDB volume with geometry that visualizes its structure.

  • VDB from Particle Fluid

    Generates a signed distance field (SDF) VDB volume representing the surface of a set of particles from a particle fluid simulation.

  • VDB from Particles

    Converts point clouds and/or point attributes into VDB volume primitives.

  • VDB from Polygons

    Converts polygonal surfaces and/or surface attributes into VDB volume primitives.

  • VDB to Spheres

    Fills a VDB volume with adaptively-sized spheres.

  • VEX SOP

    References a VEX program that can manipulate point attributes.

  • Verify BSDF

    Verify that a bsdf conforms to the required interface.

  • Vertex

    Manually adds or edits attributes on vertices (rather than on points).

  • Vertex Split

    Takes a vertex attribute and splits any point whose vertices differ by more than a specified tolerance at that attribute.

  • Visibility

    Shows/hides primitives in the 3D viewer and UV editor.

  • Visualize

    Lets you attach visualizations to different nodes in a geometry network.

  • Volume

    Creates a volume primitive.

  • Volume Analysis

    Computes analytic properties of volumes.

  • Volume Arrival Time

    Computes a speed-defined travel time from source points to voxels.

  • Volume Blur

    Blurs the voxels of a volume.

  • Volume Bound

    Bounds voxel data.

  • Volume Break

    Cuts polygonal objects using a signed distance field volume.

  • Volume Compress

    Re-compresses Volume Primitives.

  • Volume Convolve 3×3×3

    Convolves a volume by a 3×3×3 kernel.

  • Volume FFT

    Compute the Fast Fourier Transform of volumes.

  • Volume Feather

    Feathers the edges of volumes.

  • Volume Merge

    Flattens many volumes into one volume.

  • Volume Mix

    Combines the scalar fields of volume primitives.

  • Volume Optical Flow

    Translates the motion between two "image" volumes into displacement vectors.

  • Volume Patch

    Fill in a region of a volume with features from another volume.

  • Volume Ramp

    Remaps a volume according to a ramp.

  • Volume Rasterize

    Rasterizes into a volume.

  • Volume Rasterize Curve

    Converts a curve into a volume.

  • Volume Rasterize Hair

    Converts fur or hair to a volume for rendering.

  • Volume Rasterize Particles

    Converts a point cloud into a volume.

  • Volume Rasterize Points

    Converts a point cloud into a volume.

  • Volume Reduce

    Reduces the values of a volume into a single number.

  • Volume Resample

    Resamples the voxels of a volume to a new resolution.

  • Volume Resize

    Resizes the bounds of a volume without changing voxels.

  • Volume SDF

    Builds a Signed Distance Field from an isocontour of a volume.

  • Volume Slice

    Extracts 2d slices from volumes.

  • Volume Splice

    Splices overlapping volume primitives together.

  • Volume Stamp

    Stamps volumes instanced on points into a single target volume.

  • Volume Surface

    Adaptively surfaces a volume hierarchy with a regular triangle mesh.

  • Volume Trail

    Computes a trail of points through a velocity volume.

  • Volume VOP

    Runs CVEX on a set of volume primitives.

  • Volume Velocity

    Computes a velocity volume.

  • Volume Velocity from Curves

    Generates a volume velocity field using curve tangents.

  • Volume Velocity from Surface

    Generates a velocity field within a surface geometry.

  • Volume Visualization

    Adjusts attributes for multi-volume visualization.

  • Volume Wrangle

    Runs a VEX snippet to modify voxel values in a volume.

  • Volume from Attribute

    Sets the voxels of a volume from point attributes.

  • Voronoi Fracture

    Fractures the input geometry by performing a Voronoi decomposition of space around the input cell points

  • Voronoi Fracture Points

    Given an object and points of impact on the object, this SOP generates a set of points that can be used as input to the Voronoi Fracture SOP to simulate fracturing the object from those impacts.

  • Voronoi Split

    Cuts the geometry into small pieces according to a set of cuts defined by polylines.

  • Vortex Force Attributes

    Creates the point attributes needed to create a Vortex Force DOP.

  • Whitewater Source

    Generates emission particles and volumes to be used as sources in a Whitewater simulation.

  • Wire Blend

    Morphs between curve shapes while maintaining curve length.

  • Wire Capture

    Captures surfaces to a wire, allowing you to edit the wire to deform the surface.

  • Wire Deform

    Deforms geometry captured to a curve via the Wire Capture node.

  • Wire Transfer Shape

    Transfers the shape of one curve to another.

  • Wireframe

    Constructs polygonal tubes around polylines, creating renderable geometry.