VTK/Examples/Cxx/PolyData/MergePoints

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Add new points if they are unique. You must add the original points first. After that, the locator will only add unique points.

MergePoints.cxx

#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
 
#include <vtkMath.h>
#include <vtkMergePoints.h>
#include <vtkPointSource.h>
#include <vtkPoints.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
 
int main(int, char *[])
{
  // Create a set of points
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPointSource> pointsSource = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPointSource>::New();
  pointsSource->SetNumberOfPoints(100);
  pointsSource->Update();
 
  vtkPolyData* points = pointsSource->GetOutput();
 
  // Get a point point in the set
  double inSet[3];
  points->GetPoint(25, inSet);
 
  std::cout << "There are "
            << points->GetNumberOfPoints() << " input points." << std::endl;
 
  vtkIdType id;
 
  // Insert all of the points
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkMergePoints> mergePoints = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkMergePoints>::New();
  mergePoints->SetDataSet(points);
  mergePoints->SetDivisions(10,10,10);
  mergePoints->InitPointInsertion(points->GetPoints(), points->GetBounds());
 
  for (vtkIdType i = 0; i < points->GetNumberOfPoints(); i++)
    {
    mergePoints->InsertUniquePoint(points->GetPoint(i), id);
    }
 
  // Insert a few of the original points
  std::cout << "Insert some of the original points" << std::endl;
  int inserted;
  for (vtkIdType i = 0; i < points->GetNumberOfPoints(); i+=10)
    {
    points->GetPoint(i, inSet);
    inserted = mergePoints->InsertUniquePoint(inSet, id);
    std::cout << "\tPoint: " 
              << inSet[0] << ", "
              << inSet[1] << ", "
              << inSet[2] << " ";
 
    std::cout << "Inserted? " << ((inserted == 0) ? "No, " : "Yes, ");
    std::cout << "Id:: " << id << std::endl;
    }
 
  // These points are probably outside the original set of points
  std::cout << "Insert some new points" << std::endl;
  double outsideSet[3];
  for (unsigned int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    {
    outsideSet[0] = vtkMath::Random(
      -pointsSource->GetRadius(),
      pointsSource->GetRadius());
    outsideSet[1] = vtkMath::Random(
      -pointsSource->GetRadius(),
      pointsSource->GetRadius());
    outsideSet[2] = vtkMath::Random(
      -pointsSource->GetRadius(),
      pointsSource->GetRadius());
 
    inserted = mergePoints->InsertUniquePoint(outsideSet, id);
    std::cout << "\tPoint: " 
              << outsideSet[0] << ", "
              << outsideSet[1] << ", "
              << outsideSet[2] << " ";
 
    std::cout << "Inserted? " << ((inserted == 0) ? "No, " : "Yes, ");
    std::cout << "Id:: " << id << std::endl;
    }
 
  std::cout << "There are now "
            << points->GetNumberOfPoints() << " points." << std::endl;
 
  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

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CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)
 
PROJECT(MergePoints)
 
find_package(VTK REQUIRED)
include(${VTK_USE_FILE})
 
add_executable(MergePoints MACOSX_BUNDLE MergePoints.cxx)
 
if(VTK_LIBRARIES)
  target_link_libraries(MergePoints ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else()
  target_link_libraries(MergePoints vtkHybrid vtkWidgets)
endif()

Download and Build MergePoints

Click here to download MergePoints. and its CMakeLists.txt file.

Once the tarball MergePoints.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd MergePoints/build 
  • If VTK is installed:
cmake ..
  • If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:
cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..

Build the project:

make

and run it:

./MergePoints

WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.