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Exports from MagicaVoxel VOX to OBJ. Can preserve all edges for easy editing in a program like Blender.
"""
This script is designed to export a mass amount of MagicaVoxel .vox files
to .obj. Unlike Magica's internal exporter, this exporter preserves the
voxel vertices for easy manipulating in a 3d modeling program like Blender.
Various meshing algorithms are included (or to be included). MagicaVoxel
uses monotone triangulation (I think). The algorithms that will (or do)
appear in this script will use methods to potentially reduce rendering
artifacts that could be introduced by triangulation of this nature.
I may also include some features like light map generation for easy
importing into Unreal Engine, etc.
Notes:
* There may be a few floating point equality comparisons. They seem to
work but it scares me a little.
* TODO: use constants instead of magic numbers (as defined in AAQuad),
(i.e., ..., 2 -> AAQuad.TOP, ...)
* A lot of assertions should probably be exceptions since they are
error checking user input (this sounds really bad now that I've put
it on paper...). So don't run in optimized mode (who does that
anyways?).
* I am considering adding FBX support.
"""
import math
class AAQuad:
""" A solid colored axis aligned quad. """
normals = [
(-1, 0, 0), # left = 0
(1, 0, 0), # right = 1
(0, 0, 1), # top = 2
(0, 0, -1), # bottom = 3
(0, -1, 0), # front = 4
(0, 1, 0) # back = 5
]
LEFT = 0
RIGHT = 1
TOP = 2
BOTTOM = 3
FRONT = 4
BACK = 5
def __init__(self, verts, uv=None, normal=None):
assert len(verts) == 4, "face must be a quad"
self.vertices = verts
self.uv = uv
self.normal = normal
def __str__(self):
s = []
for i in self.vertices:
s.append( str(i) + '/' + str(self.uv) + '/' + str(self.normal))
return 'f ' + ' '.join(s)
def center(self):
return (
sum(i[0] for i in self.vertices)/4,
sum(i[1] for i in self.vertices)/4,
sum(i[2] for i in self.vertices)/4
)
def bucketHash(faces, origin, maximum, bucket=16):
extents = (
math.ceil((maximum[0] - origin[0])/bucket),
math.ceil((maximum[1] - origin[1])/bucket),
math.ceil((maximum[2] - origin[2])/bucket)
)
buckets = {}
for f in faces:
c = f.center()
# TODO
def optimizedGreedyMesh(faces):
# TODO
edges = adjacencyGraphEdges(faces)
groups = contiguousFaces(faces, edges)
return faces
def adjacencyGraphEdges(faces):
""" Get the list of edges representing adjacent faces. """
# a list of edges, where edges are tuple(face_a, face_b)
edges = []
# build the list of edges in the graph
for root in faces:
for face in faces:
if face is root:
continue
if facesAreAdjacent(root, face):
# the other edge will happen somewhere else in the iteration
# (i.e., the relation isAdjacent is symmetric)
edges.append((root, face))
return edges
def contiguousFaces(faces, adjacencyGraphEdges):
""" Get the list of connected components from a list of graph edges.
The list will contain lists containing the edges within the components.
"""
groups = []
visited = dict((f, False) for f in faces)
for face in faces:
# if the face hasn't been visited, it is not in any found components
if not visited[face]:
g = []
_visitGraphNodes(face, adjacencyGraphEdges, visited, g)
# there is only a new component if face has not been visited yet
groups.append(g)
return groups
def _visitGraphNodes(node, edges, visited, component):
""" Recursive routine used in findGraphComponents """
# visit every component connected to this one
for edge in edges:
# for all x in nodes, (node, x) and (x, node) should be in edges!
# therefore we don't have to check for "edge[1] is node"
if edge[0] is node and not visited[edge[1]]:
assert edge[1] is not node, "(node, node) should not be in edges"
# mark the other node as visited
visited[edge[1]] = True
component.append(edge[1])
# visit all of that nodes connected nodes
_visitGraphNodes(edge[1], edges, visited, component)
def facesAreAdjacent(a, b):
""" Adjacent is defined as same normal, uv, and a shared edge.
This isn't entirely intuitive (i.e., corner faces are not adjacent)
but this definition fits the problem domain.
Only works on AAQuads.
"""
# note: None is == None, this shouldn't matter
if a.uv != b.uv:
return False
if a.normal != b.normal:
return False
# to be adjacent, two faces must share an edge
# use == and not identity in case edge split was used
shared = 0
for vert_a in a.vertices:
for vert_b in b.vertices:
if vert_a == vert_b:
shared += 1
# hooray we have found a shared edge (or a degenerate case...)
if shared == 2:
return True
return False
class GeoFace:
""" An arbitrary geometry face
This should only be used for arbitrary models, not ones we can
reasonably assume are axis aligned.
"""
def __init__(self, verts, uvs=None, normals=None):
self.vertices = verts
assert len(verts) in (3, 4), "only quads and tris are supported"
self.normals = normals
self.uvs = uvs
def toAAQuad(self, skipAssert=False):
q = AAQuad(self.vertices)
if self.normals is not None and len(self.normals) > 0:
if not skipAssert:
for i in self.normals:
assert self.normals[0] == i, \
"face must be axis aligned (orthogonal normals)"
q.normal = self.normals[0]
if self.uvs is not None and len(self.uvs) > 0:
if not skipAssert:
for i in self.uvs:
assert self.uvs[0] == i, \
"face must be axis aligned (orthogonal)"
q.uv = self.uvs[0]
return q
class VoxelStruct:
""" Describes a voxel object
"""
def __init__(self):
# a dict is probably the best way to go about this
# (as a trade off between performance and code complexity)
# see _index for the indexing method
self.voxels = {}
self.colorIndices = set()
def fromList(self, voxels):
self.voxels = {}
for voxel in voxels:
self.setVoxel(voxel)
self.colorIndices.add(voxel.colorIndex)
def setVoxel(self, voxel):
self.voxels[voxel.z*(256**2) + voxel.y * 256 + voxel.x] = voxel
def getVoxel(self, x, y, z):
return self.voxels.get(z*(256**2) + y * 256 + x, None)
def _index(self, x, y, z):
return z*(256**2) + y * 256 + x
def getBounds(self):
origin = (float("inf"), float("inf"), float("inf"))
maximum = (float("-inf"), float("-inf"), float("-inf"))
for key, voxel in self.voxels.items():
origin = (
min(origin[0], voxel.x),
min(origin[1], voxel.y),
min(origin[2], voxel.z)
)
maximum = (
max(maximum[0], voxel.x),
max(maximum[1], voxel.y),
max(maximum[2], voxel.z)
)
return origin, maximum
def zeroOrigin(self):
""" Translate the model so that it's origin is at 0, 0, 0 """
origin, maximum = self.getBounds()
result = {}
xOff, yOff, zOff = origin
for key, voxel in self.voxels.iteritems():
result[self._index(voxel.x-xOff, voxel.y-yOff, voxel.z-zOff)] = \
Voxel(voxel.x-xOff, voxel.y-yOff, voxel.z-zOff,
voxel.colorIndex)
self.voxels = result
return (0, 0, 0), (maximum[0] - xOff,
maximum[1] - yOff,
maximum[2] - zOff)
def toQuads(self):
""" --> a list of AAQuads """
faces = []
for key, voxel in self.voxels.items():
self._getObjFaces(voxel, faces)
return faces
def _getObjFaces(self, voxel, outFaces):
if voxel.colorIndex == 0:
# do nothing if this is an empty voxel
# n.b., I do not know if this ever can happen.
return []
sides = self._objExposed(voxel)
if sides[0]:
f = self._getLeftSide(voxel)
self._getObjFacesSupport(0, voxel.colorIndex, f, outFaces)
if sides[1]:
f = self._getRightSide(voxel)
self._getObjFacesSupport(1, voxel.colorIndex, f, outFaces)
if sides[2]:
f = self._getTopSide(voxel)
self._getObjFacesSupport(2, voxel.colorIndex, f, outFaces)
if sides[3]:
f = self._getBottomSide(voxel)
self._getObjFacesSupport(3, voxel.colorIndex, f, outFaces)
if sides[4]:
f = self._getFrontSide(voxel)
self._getObjFacesSupport(4, voxel.colorIndex, f, outFaces)
if sides[5]:
f = self._getBackSide(voxel)
self._getObjFacesSupport(5, voxel.colorIndex, f, outFaces)
return
n = AAQuad.normals[i]
# note: texcoords are based on MagicaVoxel's texturing scheme!
# meaning a color index of 0 translates to pixel[255]
# and color index [1:256] -> pixel[0:255]
u = ((voxel.colorIndex - 1)/256 + 1/512, 0.5)
outFaces.append(
# this is most definitely not "fun"
AAQuad(f, u, n)
)
def _getObjFacesSupport(self, side, color, faces, outFaces):
n = AAQuad.normals[side]
# note: texcoords are based on MagicaVoxel's texturing scheme!
# meaning a color index of 0 translates to pixel[255]
# and color index [1:256] -> pixel[0:255]
u = ((color - 1)/256 + 1/512, 0.5)
outFaces.append(
# fact: the parameters were coincidentally "f, u, n" at one point!
AAQuad(faces, u, n)
)
# MagicaVoxel does -.5 to +.5 for each cube, we'll do 0.0 to 1.0 ;)
def _getLeftSide(self, voxel):
return [
(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z),
(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z),
(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1)
]
def _getRightSide(self, voxel):
return (
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z + 1)
)
def _getTopSide(self, voxel):
return (
(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z + 1)
)
def _getBottomSide(self, voxel):
return (
(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z),
(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z)
)
def _getFrontSide(self, voxel):
return (
(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1)
)
def _getBackSide(self, voxel):
return (
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z + 1),
(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z),
(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z),
(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z + 1)
)
def _objExposed(self, voxel):
""" --> a set of [0, 6) representing which voxel faces are shown
for the meaning of 0-5, see AAQuad.normals
get the sick truth about these voxels' dirty secrets...
"""
# check left 0
side = self.getVoxel(voxel.x - 1, voxel.y, voxel.z)
s0 = side is None or side.colorIndex == 0
# check right 1
side = self.getVoxel(voxel.x + 1, voxel.y, voxel.z)
s1 = side is None or side.colorIndex == 0
# check top 2
side = self.getVoxel(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z + 1)
s2 = side is None or side.colorIndex == 0
# check bottom 3
side = self.getVoxel(voxel.x, voxel.y, voxel.z - 1)
s3 = side is None or side.colorIndex == 0
# check front 4
side = self.getVoxel(voxel.x, voxel.y - 1, voxel.z)
s4 = side is None or side.colorIndex == 0
# check back 5
side = self.getVoxel(voxel.x, voxel.y + 1, voxel.z)
s5 = side is None or side.colorIndex == 0
return s0, s1, s2, s3, s4, s5
class Voxel:
def __init__(self, x, y, z, colorIndex):
self.x = x
self.y = y
self.z = z
self.colorIndex = colorIndex
def genNormals(self, aaQuads, overwrite=False):
# compute CCW normal if it doesn't exist
for face in aaQuads:
if overwrite or face.normal is None:
side_a = (face.vertices[1][0] - face.vertices[0][0],
face.vertices[1][1] - face.vertices[0][1],
face.vertices[1][2] - face.vertices[0][2])
side_b = (face.vertices[-1][0] - face.vertices[0][0],
face.vertices[-1][1] - face.vertices[0][1],
face.vertices[-1][2] - face.vertices[0][2])
# compute the cross product
face.normal = (side_a[1]*side_b[2] - side_a[2]*side_b[1],
side_a[2]*side_b[0] - side_a[0]*side_b[2],
side_a[0]*side_b[1] - side_a[1]*side_b[0])
def importObj(stream):
vertices = []
faces = []
uvs = []
normals = []
for line in stream:
# make sure there's no new line or trailing spaces
l = line.strip().split(' ')
lineType = l[0].strip()
data = l[1:]
if lineType == 'v':
# vertex
v = tuple(map(float, data))
vertices.append(v)
elif lineType == 'vt':
# uv
uvs.append( tuple(map(float, data)) )
elif lineType == 'vn':
# normal
normals.append( tuple(map(float, data)) )
elif lineType == 'f':
# face (assume all verts/uvs/normals have been processed)
faceVerts = []
faceUvs = []
faceNormals = []
for v in data:
result = v.split('/')
print(result)
# recall that everything is 1 indexed...
faceVerts.append(vertices[int(result[0]) - 1])
if len(result) == 1:
continue # there is only a vertex index
if result[1] != '':
# uvs may not be present, ex: 'f vert//normal ...'
faceUvs.append(uvs[int(result[1]) - 1])
if len(result) <= 2:
# don't continue if only vert and uv are present
continue
faceNormals.append(normals[int(result[2]) - 1])
faces.append( GeoFace(faceVerts, faceUvs, faceNormals) )
else:
# there could be material specs, smoothing, or comments... ignore!
pass
return faces
def exportObj(stream, aaQuads):
# gather some of the needed information
faces = aaQuads
# copy the normals from AAQuad (99% of cases will use all directions)
normals = list(AAQuad.normals)
uvs = set()
for f in faces:
if f.uv is not None:
uvs.add(f.uv)
# convert this to a list because we need to get their index later
uvs = list(uvs)
# we will build a list of vertices as we go and then write everything
# in bulk, disadvantage that MANY verts will be duplicated in the OBJ file
fLines = []
vertices = []
indexOffset = 0
for f in faces:
# recall that OBJ files are 1 indexed
n = 1 + normals.index(f.normal) if f.normal is not None else ''
uv = 1 + uvs.index(f.uv) if f.uv is not None else ''
# this used to be a one liner ;)
fLine = ['f']
for i, vert in enumerate(f.vertices):
# for each vertex of this face
v = 1 + indexOffset + f.vertices.index(vert)
fLine.append(str(v) + '/' + str(uv) + '/' + str(n))
vertices.extend(f.vertices)
indexOffset += len(f.vertices)
fLines.append(' '.join(fLine) + '\n')
# write to the file
stream.write('# shivshank\'s .obj optimizer\n')
stream.write('\n')
if len(normals) > 0:
stream.write('# normals\n')
for n in normals:
stream.write('vn ' + ' '.join(list(map(str, n))) + '\n')
stream.write('\n')
if len(uvs) > 0:
stream.write('# texcoords\n')
for i in uvs:
stream.write('vt ' + ' '.join(list(map(str, i))) + '\n')
stream.write('\n')
# output the vertices and faces
stream.write('# verts\n')
for v in vertices:
stream.write('v ' + ' '.join(list(map(str, v))) + '\n')
stream.write('\n')
stream.write('# faces\n')
for i in fLines:
stream.write(i)
stream.write('\n')
stream.write('\n')
return len(vertices), len(fLines)
def importVox(file):
""" --> a VoxelStruct from this .vox file stream """
# in theory this could elegantly be many functions and classes
# but this is such a simple file format...
# refactor: ? should probably find a better exception type than value error
vox = VoxelStruct()
magic = file.read(4)
if magic != b'VOX ':
print('magic number is', magic)
if userAborts('This does not appear to be a VOX file. Abort?'):
raise ValueError("Invalid magic number")
# the file appears to use little endian consistent with RIFF
version = int.from_bytes(file.read(4), byteorder='little')
if version != 150:
if userAborts('Only version 150 is supported; this file: '
+ str(version) + '. Abort?'):
raise ValueError("Invalid file version")
mainHeader = _readChunkHeader(file)
if mainHeader['id'] != b'MAIN':
print('chunk id:', mainId)
if userAborts('Did not find the main chunk. Abort?'):
raise ValueError("Did not find main VOX chunk. ")
#assert mainHeader['size'] == 0, "main chunk should have size 0"
# we don't need anything from the size or palette header!
# : we can figure out (minimum) bounds later from the voxel data
# : we only need UVs from voxel data; user can export palette elsewhere
nextHeader = _readChunkHeader(file)
while nextHeader['id'] != b'XYZI':
# skip the contents of this header and its children, read the next one
file.read(nextHeader['size'] + nextHeader['childrenSize'])
nextHeader = _readChunkHeader(file)
voxelHeader = nextHeader
assert voxelHeader['id'] == b'XYZI', 'this should be literally impossible'
assert voxelHeader['childrenSize'] == 0, 'why voxel chunk have children?'
seekPos = file.tell()
totalVoxels = int.from_bytes(file.read(4), byteorder='little')
### READ THE VOXELS ###
for i in range(totalVoxels):
# n.b., byte order should be irrelevant since these are all 1 byte
x = int.from_bytes(file.read(1), byteorder='little')
y = int.from_bytes(file.read(1), byteorder='little')
z = int.from_bytes(file.read(1), byteorder='little')
color = int.from_bytes(file.read(1), byteorder='little')
vox.setVoxel(Voxel(x, y, z, color))
# assert that we've read the entire voxel chunk
assert file.tell() - seekPos == voxelHeader['size']
# (there may be more chunks after this but we don't need them!)
#print('\tdone reading voxel data;', totalVoxels , 'voxels read ;D')
return vox
def _readChunkHeader(buffer):
id = buffer.read(4)
if id == b'':
raise ValueError("Unexpected EOF, expected chunk header")
size = int.from_bytes(buffer.read(4), byteorder='little')
childrenSize = int.from_bytes(buffer.read(4), byteorder='little')
return {
'id': id, 'size': size, 'childrenSize': childrenSize
}
def userAborts(msg):
print(msg + ' (y/n)')
u = input()
if u.startswith('n'):
return False
return True
def exportAll():
""" Uses a file to automatically export a bunch of files!
See this function for details on the what the file looks like.
"""
import os, os.path
with open('exporter.txt', mode='r') as file:
# use this as a file "spec"
fromSource = os.path.abspath(file.readline().strip())
toExportDir = os.path.abspath(file.readline().strip())
optimizing = file.readline()
if optimizing.lower() == 'true':
optimizing = True
else:
optimizing = False
print('exporting vox files under', fromSource)
print('\tto directory', toExportDir)
print('\toptimizing?', optimizing)
print()
# export EVERYTHING (.vox) walking the directory structure
for p, dirList, fileList in os.walk(fromSource):
pathDiff = os.path.relpath(p, start=fromSource)
outDir = os.path.join(toExportDir, pathDiff)
# REFACTOR: the loop should be moved to a function
for fileName in fileList:
# only take vox files
if os.path.splitext(fileName)[1] != '.vox':
print('ignored', fileName)
continue
print('exporting', fileName)
# read/import the voxel file
with open(os.path.join(p, fileName), mode='rb') as file:
try:
vox = importVox(file)
except ValueError as exc:
print('aborted', fileName, str(exc))
continue
# mirror the directory structure in the export folder
if not os.path.exists(outDir):
os.makedirs(outDir)
print('\tcreated directory', outDir)
# export a non-optimized version
objName = os.path.splitext(fileName)[0]
rawQuads = vox.toQuads()
with open(os.path.join(outDir, objName + '.obj'), mode='w') as file:
vCount, qCount = exportObj(file, rawQuads)
print('\texported', vCount, 'vertices,', qCount, 'quads')
if optimizing:
# TODO
continue
optiFaces = optimizedGreedyMesh(rawQuads)
bucketHash(optiFaces, *vox.getBounds())
with open(os.path.join(outDir, objName + '.greedy.obj'),
mode='w') as file:
exportObj(file, optiFaces)
def byPrompt():
import os, os.path
from glob import glob
print('Enter an output path:')
u = input('> ').strip()
while not os.path.exists(u):
print('That path does not exist.')
print('Enter an output path:')
u = input('> ').strip()
outRoot = os.path.abspath(u)
print('Are we optimizing? (y/n)')
u = input('> ').strip()
# this could be a one liner but I think it's easier to read this way
if u.startswith('y'):
optimizing = True
else:
optimizing = False
try:
while True:
print('Enter glob of export files (\'exit\' or blank to quit):')
u = input('> ').strip()
if u == 'exit' or u == '':
break
u = glob(u)
for f in u:
print('reading VOX file', f)
with open(f, mode='rb') as file:
try:
vox = importVox(file)
except ValueError:
print('\tfile reading aborted')
continue
outFile = os.path.splitext(os.path.basename(f))[0]
outPath = os.path.join(outRoot, outFile)
print('exporting VOX to OBJ at path', outPath)
with open(outPath, mode='w') as file:
exportObj(file, vox.toQuads())
if optimizing:
# TODO
pass
except KeyboardInterrupt:
pass
if __name__ == "__main__":
profiling = False
try:
import cProfile
if profiling:
cProfile.run('exportAll()', sort='tottime')
else:
exportAll()
except OSError:
print('No instruction file found, falling back to prompt.')
byPrompt()
@KevinRoussel
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KevinRoussel commented May 13, 2017

\o/ Really thank you \o/

@tarcisiopontes
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tarcisiopontes commented Sep 10, 2017

Please, where sould I use this code. Sorry, I'm just a GD. No programer skills. Thanks

@Nachomaro14
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Nachomaro14 commented Feb 19, 2018

I'd really like to know that too, how to use this code...

@badbytes
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badbytes commented May 11, 2018

Looking through the code, and testing, there at least two ways to run.

1.) create a file in the same directory as script called exporter.txt that contains a path to .vox files and run like so "python path2thisscriptfile"

2.) run it interactively, with no exporter.txt file, like shown below with a script I called vox2obj.py.

python vox2obj.py
No instruction file found, falling back to prompt.
Enter an output path:
/tmp/
Are we optimizing? (y/n)
n
Enter glob of export files ('exit' or blank to quit):
/tmp/vox/scene_church1.vox
reading VOX file /tmp/vox/scene_church1.vox
exporting VOX to OBJ at path /tmp/scene_church1
Enter glob of export files ('exit' or blank to quit):
exit

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awesomez commented Mar 18, 2019

EDIT -- I forked this.

Now you can drag and drop files onto the script to instantly convert them to ".obj" format!!

There are two versions -- a fully automatic (no prompt) version: "vox_to_obj_AUTO", and semi-automatic (prompt, then press "enter" to convert): "vox_to_obj_PROMPT".
Files are exported as .obj to the directory the script sits in.

Workflow:
These will let you copy the script to any directory, drop a group of files on it, and have them convert instantly right there.

Scripts are here:
https://gist.github.com/awesomez/cf9e29392a3fb910970b66a6d639a337

Enjoy! 😀

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Senn04 commented May 3, 2020

Would it be possible to convert it the other way? Like I have a obj and I want it in a vox format.

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shivshank commented May 3, 2020

Wow never realized anybody used this...

@Senn04 that's a much harder direction to go in, but I just tried and magicavoxel seems to support this:

  • create an obj
  • open latest magicavoxel
  • drag and drop your OBJ file over magicavoxel and it will import it - doing the best it can to voxelize/3d-pixelize your model

Looks like it will overwrite any unsaved changes in Magicavoxel so make you are starting with a blank model

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Senn04 commented May 4, 2020

@shivshank Awesome, thank you :)

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Claytone commented Oct 11, 2021

Hey @shivshank !
I've made substantial changes to this script for refactoring, removal of redundant geometry, and I also added functionality to preserve textures and UVs. I'm using GitLab, so you won't see me in forks. Check out the project here

I would like to push my modified version somewhere as a python package and was wondering how you wanted to handle license/ownership/maintainership. I'm willing to own the whole thing, just thought I would ask you first.

I was also thinking that this would make a good feature for the py-vox-io package, which I use pretty frequently. Would you be interested in collaborating on a pull request for that project?

You can reach me on Discord at claytertot#1927

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renjithrv33 commented Nov 12, 2021

EDIT -- I forked this.

Now you can drag and drop files onto the script to instantly convert them to ".obj" format!!

There are two versions -- a fully automatic (no prompt) version: "vox_to_obj_AUTO", and semi-automatic (prompt, then press "enter" to convert): "vox_to_obj_PROMPT". Files are exported as .obj to the directory the script sits in.

Workflow: These will let you copy the script to any directory, drop a group of files on it, and have them convert instantly right there.

Scripts are here: https://gist.github.com/awesomez/cf9e29392a3fb910970b66a6d639a337

Enjoy! 😀

can we get the MTL file on conversion?

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Claytone commented Nov 12, 2021

@renjithrv33 I added mtl file creation in my version located here
https://gitlab.com/Claytone/voxygen/-/blob/master/vox2obj/vox2obj.py

Example usage

from vox2obj.vox2obj import convert_to_obj

convert_to_obj("input.vox", "output.obj", "texture.png")

It will automatically generate the mtl file and copy "texture.png" to the same dir as the mtl. This is required because iirc mtl files are just used to map verts to a texture, but they don't contain any texture data.

This code is now available in pip!
Use pip install vox2obj to get it
Check out the source code and submit issues here: https://gitlab.com/Claytone/vox2obj

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renjithrv33 commented Nov 12, 2021

@Claytone can you please edscribe step by step process of conversion. I'm not used to programming. Suppose my vox filename is test.vox
Also can we convert bulk files?

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Claytone commented Nov 12, 2021

@renjithrv33 Yes

  1. Copy the entire contents of the file I linked (in my previous message) to a new script called vox2obj.py on your local machine.

  2. Place your test.vox and test.png files in the same directory as vox2obj.py (where test.png is the texture belonging to the .vox file. You will probably have to export it using your voxel editor, ie, MagicaVoxel)

  3. At the end of the script, write

convert_to_obj("test.vox", "test_converted.obj", "test.png")
  1. Run the script using a terminal and entering python vox2obj.py

This will create test_converted.obj, test_converted.obj.mtl, and test_converted.obj.png in the same folder.

Batch (bulk) conversion is a few more steps.

  1. Create two folders next to vox2obj.py called vox and out.

  2. Move all of your .vox files to the vox folder. Leave your test.png file where it is.

  3. Erase the line you added in step 3 and replace it with this

for f in os.listdir("vox"):
	if f.endswith(".vox"):
		size = len(f)
		new_filename = f[:size - 4] + "_converted.obj"
		new_filename = "out/" + new_filename
		convert_to_obj("vox/" + f, new_filename, "test.png")
  1. Repeat step 4

I tried to write that as simply as possible. Basically for every file in the vox folder, you are converting it to obj and creating a material using test.png. It stores all of the created files in the out folder.

I just tested this so it should work. Let me know if you have more questions.

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Claytone commented Nov 15, 2021

This code is now available as a Python package! I've added some features including support for materials.

  • I will be adding conversion of entire folders.
  • I am definitely going to refine the export algorithm as it is O(n^2) and veeery slow with extremely large models.
  • I may add multi-object support at some point since multiple people have asked.
  • If you want to contribute, the repo is here https://gitlab.com/Claytone/vox2obj
  • If you just want to check it out, here's the PyPi link https://pypi.org/project/vox2obj/

For now, you can use vox2obj by installing it with pip and then

from vox2obj import convert_to_obj
convert_to_obj("test.vox", "test_converted.obj", "test.png")

The example code I wrote in previous messages of this thread should still work... but you should really use the pip package for the most recent version.

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