Surface mesh

This visual element renders triangulated surface meshes, which are typically produced by e.g the Construct surface mesh, Create isosurface or Dislocation analysis modifiers.

Surfaces meshes in OVITO represent closed two-dimensional manifolds which are embedded in the spatial domain delimited by the simulation box. In case of periodic boundary conditions, the surface mesh itself may be periodic. For visualization purposes, such periodic meshes are first converted to a non-periodic representation by cutting them at the simulation cell boundaries. OVITO can generate so called 'cap polygons' to fill the holes that arise at the intersection of the closed surface with the periodic boundary.


Surface color

The rendering color for the surface.


The degree of transparency of the surface.

Smooth shading

Enables the interpolation of normal vectors between vertices of the polygonal mesh (also known as Gouraud shading).

Cap polygons

This option enables the display of the cap polygons at the intersection of a closed surface with periodic boundaries.

See also

SurfaceMeshVis (Python API)