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binvox-rw-py

Small Python module to read and write .binvox files. The voxel data is represented as dense 3-dimensional Numpy arrays in Python (a direct if somewhat wasteful representation for sparse models) or as an array of 3D coordinates (more memory-efficient for large and sparse models).

Binvox is a neat little program to convert 3D models into binary voxel format. The .binvox file format is a simple run length encoding format described here.

Code example

Suppose you have a voxelized chair model, chair.binvox (you can try it on the one in the repo). Here's how it looks in viewvox:

chair

Then

>>> import binvox_rw
>>> with open('chair.binvox', 'rb') as f:
...     model = binvox_rw.read_as_3d_array(f)
...
>>> model.dims
[32, 32, 32]
>>> model.scale
41.133000000000003
>>> model.translate
[0.0, 0.0, 0.0]
>>> model.data
array([[[ True, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        [ True, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        [ True, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        ...,
       [[False, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        [False, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        [False, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        ...,
        [False, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        [False, False, False, ..., False, False, False],
        [False, False, False, ..., False, False, False]]], dtype=bool)

You get the idea. model.data has the boolean 3D array. You can then manipulate however you wish. For example, here we dilate it with scipy.ndimage and write the dilated version to disk:

>>> import scipy.ndimage
>>> scipy.ndimage.binary_dilation(model.data.copy(), output=model.data)
>>> model.write('dilated.binvox')

Then we get a fat chair:

fat chair

Sparse representation

To get the data as an array of coordinates, look at binvox_rw.read_coords.

Installation

This is a really simple, 200-line module. You should just stick into whatever project you're using. Or copy it to /usr/share/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages if you really want a system-wide installation.


Daniel Maturana dimatura@cmu.edu

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