Lab Exercise 11: 3D Turtle
The purpose of this lab is to give you one more chance to extend your drawing system. You should have a reasonable understanding of how all the pieces fit together, so now we're going to swap out the standard 2D turtle and put in a 3D turtle. All of your 2D turtle programs should continue to work just fine, but now you can make 3D shapes as well. In addition, you'll be able to rotate your completed drawings with the mouse.
The lab consists of three parts.
- First, you need to edit your Interpreter class to make use of the 3D turtle. Once this is complete, you can try drawing some simple shapes.
- Second, you need to implement the 3D symbols for L-systems so you can draw 3D trees.
- Third, you need to update your Shape class and possibly some of its children to make use of the 3rd dimension.
The goal is to be able to make 3D shapes and scenes as easily as 2D. You should be able to create a Cube class, for example, as well as 3D trees and other L-system shapes that work exactly the same way as their 2D counterparts.
- Create a new working folder. Copy your lsystem.py, interpreter.py, shape.py, and tree.py files from last week. Label them as version 5. Then download the 3D turtle file.
One difference between the standard turtle and the 3D turtle is that
the latter is implemented as a class. Therefore, you need to create a
single instance of the turtle object that will be used by all
At the top of interpreter.py, create a global variable called turtle and initialize it to None.
Second, if you have a call to turtle.setup(), delete it.Third, before calling any other turtle functions in your __init__ method, but after the test of Interpreter.initialized, put the following two lines.
global turtle turtle = turtleTk3D.Turtle3D(dx, dy)
The first line tells the function to use the turtle variable in the global symbol table, and the second line creates a new turtleTk3D object. By putting the 3D turtle object in a variable called turtle, expressions like turtle.left(angle) or turtle.forward(distance) still work as expected.
Make the following additional changes to interpreter.py.
- Edit your hold method so that it calls only turtle.mainloop().
- If you have a goto method, add an optional parameter z with a default value of 0. Then change the turtle.goto call to include z as the third argument.
- Do the same with the place method. It should have two required arguments (x and y) and two optional arguments (z and orientation).
- Create additional methods called roll, pitch, and yaw, that call the 3D turtle functions roll, pitch and yaw. These functions will look like your existing orient function.
- The turtle.position() method now returns the tuple (x, y, z) instead of just (x, y). There are likely some places in your Interpreter's forward method that need to be updated to handle the z coordinate. In the jitter case, you probably want to add a random offset in z, in addition to x and y.
Add cases in your drawString method for pitch ( & and ^ ) and roll (\
and /). The & symbol means to execute the pitch method with a
positive angle, and ^ should execute the pitch method with a negative
angle. The backslash '\' should execute the roll with a positive
angle, and the forward slash '/' should execute roll with a negative
Yaw is still + and -. Note that you will have to use the string
'\\' to represent the backward slash character because it is a special
character (e.g., '\n' is a newline and '\t' is a tab) .
The 3D turtle color function works slightly differently from the
regular turtle. The primary difference is that it takes as input r, g,
b values, a color string, or a single tuple (r, g, b) and it returns
only a single color value. The following sequence still works just
fine, and should be the way you work with colors in your drawString
cases like leaves and berries.
oldcolor = turtle.color() turtle.color( (0.5, 0.3, 0.8) ) # draw some stuff turtle.color(oldcolor)
Make the following changes to shape.py.
- Add three optional fields to the Shape class draw function. The arguments should be called roll, pitch, and zpos. Given them all default values of 0. The orientation parameter already holds the yaw information.
- Add zpos to the place call before drawString.
- After you have set the orientation using either the place or orient method of the Interpreter object, call the roll method and then the pitch method with the appropriate arguments.
- Run the test file basicscene.py. It is a simple example of how to begin building a 3D scene.
- Update your tree.py file. Add roll, pitch, and zpos to the parameter list of the draw method, giving them all default values of 0. Then pass the three parameters on to the parent draw function. Then run the test file treescene.py using the L-system systemZ.
Once you have finished the lab, go ahead and get started on project 11.
Appendix: Turtle3D Documentation
The Turtle3D class implements a 3D turtle abstraction using the Tkinter package.
The Turtle3D class includes the following methods for public use.
__init__: the constructor function has six optional arguments.
- winx (default 800) is the horizontal window size
- winy (default 800) is the vertical window size
- title (default 'Turtle 3D')
- position (default (0, 0, 0) ) is the initial 3D position of the turtle
- heading (default (1.0, 0.0, 0.0)) is the initial forward direction of the turtle
- up (default (0.0, 0.0, 1.0)) is the initial up direction, which defines left and right (yaw) relative to the forward direction. The default values mean that left and right work identically to the standard 2D turtle as long as the turtle does not pitch or roll.
- reset(): deletes all drawing and resets the turtle to its initial position.
- forward(distance): goes forward in the current turtle direction. If the pen is down, it creates a line.
goto(xnew, ynew, znew): The function can take one, two or
three parameters. If the pen is down, it creates a line.
- One parameter: xnew is treated as a two-element tuple (x, y) and the turtle is placed at (x, y, 0).
- Two parameters: xnew and ynew are used and znew is set to 0.
- Three parameters: the turtle is placed at (xnew, ynew, znew).
- left(angle): turn left (yaw) as defined by the current heading and up direction.
- right(angle): turn right (yaw) as defined by the current heading and up direction.
- yaw(angle): go left (positive) or right (negative) relative to the current turtle orientation.
- pitch(angle): go up (positive) or down (negative) relative to the current turtle orientation.
- roll(angle): rotate right (positive) or left (negative) about the current turtle heading.
- width(w): set the width of the pen to w
- color(r, g, b): sets the pen color. Arguments can be the standard X11 color strings defined in rgb.txt or r, g, b values. The first argument can be a tuple (r, g, b) or the color values can be given individually. Color values should be in [0, 1].
- up(): pick up the pen
- down(): put down the pen
- tracer(blah): does nothing (no visible turtle)
- circle(radius, theta): draws a circle of the given radius. The theta argument is optional and permits drawing only the angular fraction of the circle specified.
- position(): returns a tuple with (x, y, z)
- heading(): returns a tuple of two tuples with the current heading and up vectors. ( (hx, hy, hz), (ux, uy, uz) )
- setheading(heading): ideally heading should be two vectors representing the turtle's forward and up directions. If a single scalar is provided, the turtle is set so the turtle is in the drawing plane (up of (0, 0, 1)) and is rotated according to the argument. This gives it the same functionality as the 2D turtle.
- fill(q): if q is True, the turtle will begin to store points until the fill function is called with False as the argument. Then it fills in the area defined by the points. The turtle must visit at least three points after fill(True) is called and before fill(False) is called in order to generate a polygon.
- nudge(n): allows the user to adjust the turtle's coordinate system by nudging the forward vector in the specified direction. The argument n should be a 3-element sequence (list or tuple). A value like (0.0, -0.1, 0.0) nudges the turtle's orientation down (i.e. like gravity).
- cube(distance): takes one optional parameter (size) and draws a cube.
- setRightMouseCallback(func): takes one argument, which should be a function with an argument (other than self for a class method) called event. The mouse click location will be in event.x and event.y. Note that the click location will be in window coordinates, not turtle coordinates.
- window2turtle(x, y): takes in window coordinates (like those in event.x and event.y above) and returns a tuple (x', y', 0) with the corresponding turtle coordinates in the default view.
- hold(): goes into a main loop waiting for user input.
- wait(): goes into a main loop waiting for user input.
- updateCanvas(): updates the Canvas to draw any new shapes.