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Create rough terrain for used in gazebo

asked 2011-11-15 01:35:36 -0500

Maurizio88 gravatar image

updated 2011-11-15 07:03:35 -0500

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hi all, i have to create a world with rough terrain. how shall i do that? somebody can suggest me a good tutorial?

thanks in advance

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answered 2011-11-15 08:26:49 -0500

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I use Blender, an open-source 3D modelling and animation program, to create my terrains. For example, you could try this tutorial to get you started. There is also the option to use the sculpt tool to create terrains. You can also use Blender to create other meshes.

Once I create my terrain, I then export the terrain to Collada 1.4 (.dae) using the built-in Blender Collada exporter. This format is readable by Gazebo.

Finally, to get the terrain into Gazebo, I copy the .dae file to my Gazebo "models" directory (see below). I then add the terrain to the .world file so that it is guaranteed to be static.

  <model:physical name="hill">
   <xyz>5.0 -5.0 0.1</xyz>
   <rpy>0 0 0</rpy>
   <body:trimesh name="hill">
      <geom:trimesh name="hill">
        <scale>1.0 1.0 1.0</scale>
           <scale>1.0 1.0 1.0</scale>

NOTE: You must configure your Gazebo media paths correctly. See here.

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So the Blender .dae export works as intended for you? I get this if I use the .dae exported from Blender 2.61 directly: . OTOH, if I just open this in meshlab and save as .dae again, I get this: (but material info is obviously lost).
Stefan Kohlbrecher gravatar image Stefan Kohlbrecher  ( 2012-01-23 08:10:44 -0500 )edit
Oh yes, I've received that error before. The problem comes from Blender > 2.49b. I don't know what's different in the COLLADA exporter, but it doesn't work. Thus, I still use Blender 2.49b. I have a "build" machine to do the exporting, so I can still use 2.6 on my main machine.
DimitriProsser gravatar image DimitriProsser  ( 2012-01-23 08:29:02 -0500 )edit
Ah I see, that at least clears up why I'm having those annoying problems. I'll update my Blender/COLLADA question accordingly. Thanks for the quick and enlightening answer.
Stefan Kohlbrecher gravatar image Stefan Kohlbrecher  ( 2012-01-23 09:29:56 -0500 )edit

Are there any other options for rough terrains in Gazebo? The tutorial linked here seems old.

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-12-12 09:02:56 -0500 )edit

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