VEX and local variables

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hi all..

I wrote a SOP to rotate a primitive about an axis defined by its first and last points. Since it isn't modifying geometry i used VEX for its portability and speed, but there doesn't seem to be a way to define or use local variables in the parameters. Looked about and, judging by a post at http://forums.odforce.net/index.php?/topic/8200-vex-sop-and-local-variables/, [forums.odforce.net] this feature may not be supported.

Maybe i'm missing something or there is an easier/better way to do this task?

I could use Python or C++, but the operation in question is performed frequently. Is there a convenient way to add parallelism to HDK SOPs running on the CPU?

thanks!
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Usually local variables map to attributes on the geometry which means you don't have to do much work as bound attributes are available within VEX as long as you have a VEX parameter of the same name.

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ah.. i see. Thanks - that will work fine for my purposes. Now i just have to figure out how to access the positions of the first and last points in the primitive to put the vector between them into an attribute. I don't see a way to do this using the Primitive or AttribCreate SOPs.. perhaps i miss something. Is there a way to do this using existing components?
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Now i just have to figure out how to access the positions of the first and last points in the primitive to put the vector between them into an attribute.

This is very doable using ‘import attribute’ in a vopsop. Here's an example that stores that vector as colour and rotates about it.

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rorate_prim_around_prim_axis.hip (109.0 KB)

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the modulo VOP is rather interesting :>). Thanks! It's one of those things where you're wondering how best to do it.
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Just a minor note, but i've added a rotate VOP to the example in case anyone else might want it.

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rotate_prim_around_axis_def_by_first_last_points.hipnc (134.7 KB)

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Just a minor note, but i've added a rotate VOP to the example in case anyone else might want it.

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