I hope i am able to express my question in an understandable way
so basically i have some 3D models provided to me to use in an application. these are created in some tools like Blender or something, but at the end of the day i have something that is incredibly over-detailed for my purposes. the generated face count is 180,000, for something that represents 18"x18"x24" in the real world. that type of detail is useful for the project it was designed for, but for what I’m trying to do in a webGL application, it’s a bit overkill.
However simplifying the mesh (via meshlab, etc) has been…not the most satisfying.
but i have an idea and I dunno if this is doable or stupid or what. This particular model and most of the ones I need to work with, will not be animated. so I’m wondering…is there a way to create a box mesh (like the bounding box size), and texture it on the 6 sides so that it looks like the model?
for example, here’s a model i found on the web: Poliigon
imagine you just want to put 20x20 of them around, but the user will never really get close. so, instead of a super high triangle/face count, wouldn’t it be cool to have a shared material on cloned boxes?
Is there a term for this, or process, and maybe I can do it?