Assignment 1

First of all, configure your development environment. Then, Download the assignment archive, and unzip the compressed file. You should have a directory named DGP2016-A1 containing a README.txt file and several subdirectories. Open the README.txt file and follow the instructions. You should upload your completed assignment through Canvas. If you don't follow the instructions, particularly about naming files, I will return your assignment without grading. Your submission may have bugs, but it has to compile and the application has to run. Otherwise I will not grade your assignment.

In the DGP2016-A1 directory, in addition to a README file, you should find the following subdirectories:

  assets, bin, build, lib, src

The assets subdirectory should contain the following four files, which you should not modify:

  bunny-mesh-mat.wrl bunny-mesh-npf.wrl bunny-opts.wrl bunny.icns

The bin, build, and lib subdirectories should be empty. The build process will populate those directories. You can always delete the contents of those directories and start over. If you use CMAKE to generate project files, you will files those files in the build directory. If you use Qt Creator, qmake will create a new build directory with a longer name.

The src subdirectory contains the following subdirectories:

  core, gui, io, util, wrl

The src directory and each of this subdirectories also contain a CMakeLists.txt file used by CMAKE, and a *.pro file used by qmake. Don't modify this files unless you add new files to the hierarchy.

In Assignment 1, your work will be restricted to the following files


1) Before compiling the application for the first time, edit the file src/gui/GuiStrings.hpp

In my version, this files contains the definition of the following strings

#define BUNNY_OPTS_WRL \
#define BUNNY_MESH_WRL \
#define APP_TITLE \
  "DGP2016-A1 Gabriel Taubin"

Replace the first two with the full path to the files assets/bunny-opts.wrl and assets/bunny-mesh-npf.wrl

Replace my name by your name in the last string.

2) Run CMAKE or Qt Creator to create projects files for the application, and make sure that it compiles without errors.

3) Verify that you can load and display the two sample bunny files from the FILE menu buttons

4) Verify that you can load and display the the files from the assets directory from the FILE->Load menu button

5) Using the FILE-Save menu button, save the files with different names, and verify that you can reload the files that you have created using the FILE-Load button.

6) Implement the core/Faces class. For this you have to edit the following two files


7) Implement the io/SaverStl class to save triangle meshes in ASCII STL format. Use the Faces class in your implementation. For this you have to edit the following two files


Read the comments in the files for further instructions

9) Test your implementation by loading the "bunny-mesh-npf.wrl" file and saving it to a file named "bunny.stl" If you are using a Mac, you can verify that you had created a a correct file in Finder. Otherwise, install the MeshLab application or some other polygon mesh viewer/editor.

8) Implement the io/LoaderStl class to read ASCII STL files. For this you have to edit the following two files


10) Test your implementation by loading the file "bunny.stl" that you created in the previous step. Save the resulting file again in STL format and in WRL format, and verify that you can reload the files that you generate.

11) Download some ASCII STL files from the internet, and verify that you can load them, and save them both in STL format and in WRL format.

13) To submit your work, compress the whole src directory using the ZIP application as follows:

a) locate and remove any temporary files created by your editor

b) rename your src directory src-YourLastName. For example, in my case I would rename the src directory to src-Taubin

c) compress the renamed src directory to a file named

d) make sure that if you unzip the compressed file in a new loaction, you can reconstrucr the src-YourLastName directory with all the subdirectories

e) upload the file to Canvas