Scene Settings PhysX Tab

You can create PhysX collider product assets for PhysX simulation, hit detection, and triggers by defining PhysX mesh groups. Collider assets can be triangle meshes, or generated as primitives or convex meshes based on meshes contained in the source asset. Multiple PhysX mesh groups can be processed from a single source asset. Each PhysX mesh group produces its own .pxmesh product assets. The runtime product assets appear in Asset Browser as children of the source asset.

You can name meshes with the postfix _phys in your source asset to automatically process them as PhysX colliders. When a mesh in a source asset has the _phys postfix, it is recognized as a collider and automatically added to the default PhysX mesh group.

There are many options for creating PhysX colliders. The best options in a scenario depend on many factors including mesh complexity, how the collider is used, and whether the entity containing the collider is static (doesn’t move), kinematic (animated), or dynamic (simulated movement with a rigid body component). In general, primitive colliders offer the best simulation performance, but you might consider trading performance for precision in situations where collider assets that closely match the shape of a visible mesh are desirable.

The PhysX tab is available if the source asset contains at least one mesh.

PhysX tab properties

The Scene Settings PhysX tab properties.

Add another physxmeshAdd a PhysX mesh group to process as a PhysX collider (.pxmesh) product asset from the source asset.
Name PhysX MeshEnter a name for the PhysX mesh group. This is the name of the .pxmesh product asset that appears in Asset Browser as a child of the source asset.
Select MeshesChoose the Selection list button to display a list of meshes found in the source asset file. Select meshes from the list to include them in the PhysX mesh group. The selected meshes can be purpose built as collision meshes, or they can be visible meshes. The selected meshes are used to automatically generate collider product assets. Meshes in the source asset that are named with a _phys postfix are automatically selected in the default PhysX mesh group.
Export AsThe cooking method to apply to this PhysX mesh group. This setting exposes properties for the selected cooking method. The three options: Triangle Mesh, Convex, and Primitive, and detailed in the sections below.
Decompose MeshesWhen active, the V-HACD algorithm splits the selected meshes into convex parts which together approximate the original mesh shape. Each part is exported as a convex collider using the properties configured above. Decompose Meshes exposes Decomposition Properties which determine how the selected meshes are decomposed into convex parts. Decompose Meshes is only available when Convex or Primitive is selected in the Export As property. For more information and illustrated examples of results, see the V-HACD library on GitHub .
Physics MaterialsAssociate a physics material to each material from the selected meshes. Physics materials define physical surface properties such as friction.

Triangle mesh asset

The Scene Settings PhysX triangle mesh asset properties.

Triangle mesh colliders accurately reproduce the shape of the selected meshes, but cannot be used on dynamic entities. Triangle mesh colliders are most suitable for static environment entities that have complex shapes and require colliders that accurately resemble the shape of the visible mesh.

Merge MeshesWhen active, all selected mesh nodes are merged into a single collider mesh. Otherwise, the selected mesh nodes are exported as separate shapes. It’s usually more efficient to have a single collider mesh.
Weld VerticesWhen active, mesh vertex welding is performed. Disable clean mesh must be off when Weld Vertices is on or vertex welding is not performed.
Disable Clean MeshWhen active, mesh cleaning is not performed. This makes cooking faster. Disable clean mesh must be off when Weld Vertices is on or vertex welding is not performed.
Force 32-bit IndicesWhen enabled, 32-bit indices are created for the collider asset regardless of triangle count.
Suppress Triangle Mesh Remap TableWhen active, the face remap table is not created. This saves a significant amount of memory, but without remap information, internal mesh triangles from collisions, sweeps, or raycast hits can’t be returned.
Build Triangle AdjacenciesWhen active, triangle adjacency information is created. You can get the adjacency triangles for a given triangle using the getTriangle method.
Mesh Weld ToleranceWhen Weld Vertices is active, this value is the distance within which vertices are welded. When Weld Vertices is inactive, this value defines the acceptance distance for mesh validation. Weld Vertices uses a snap-to-grid approach that truncates each vertex to an integer value using Mesh Weld Tolerance. Once these snapped vertices are produced, all vertices that snap to a given vertex on the grid are remapped to a single vertex. All triangle indices are then remapped to reference this subset of clean vertices. Vertices do not have their positions modified. The snap-to-grid is only performed to identify nearby vertices. The mesh validation approach uses the same snap-to-grid approach to identify nearby vertices. If more than one vertex snaps to a given grid coordinate, the distance between the vertices is checked to ensure it is greater than Mesh Weld Tolerance. If the vertices are within Mesh Weld Tolerance, a warning is emitted.
Number of Triangles Per LeafSet the mesh cooking hint for max triangles per leaf. Fewer triangles per leaf results in slower cooking speed and produces larger mesh sizes with better runtime performance. More triangles per leaf results in faster cooking speed and produces smaller mesh sizes with decreased runtime performance.

Convex asset

The Scene Settings PhysX convex asset properties.

Convex hulls are generated colliders that can approximate the shape of the selected meshes. Convex hulls can be used with static, kinematic, and dynamic entities, and are often used on interactive entities that require rigid body physics and a collider mesh that resembles the shape of the visible mesh.

Area Test EpsilonIf the area of a triangle in the hull is below this value, the triangle is rejected. This test is performed only if Check Zero Area Triangles is active. Valid values range from 0 to 100.
Plane ToleranceThis value is used during hull construction. New points added to the hull are rejected if they’re closer to the hull than the Plane Tolerance value. If the Plane Tolerance value is 0.0, all points are accepted. This can lead to edge cases where the new points are merged into an existing polygon, changing the polygon’s plane equation slightly, resulting in failures during polygon merging phase in the hull computation. The Plane Tolerance value is increased according to the hull size, and the default value of 0.0006 is recommended. However, if all points must be accepted, or large, thin convex hulls must be created, you can specify a lower value. Valid values range from 0 to 100.
Use 16-bit IndicesWhen active, 16-bit triangle or polygon indices are generated. Otherwise, 32-bit vertex indices are generated.
Check Zero Area TrianglesRemoves triangles that have a smaller area than the value specified in Area Test Epsilon.
Quantize InputQuantizes the input vertices using k-means clustering. K-means clustering partitions the input mesh data into Voronoi cells.
Use Plane ShiftingPlane shifting is an alternative algorithm for the scenario when the computed hull has more vertices than the per hull vertex limit. The default algorithm computes the full hull and a bounding box around the input vertices. The bounding box is then sliced with the hull planes until the vertex limit is reached. The default algorithm typically produces results that are much better quality than are produced by plane shifting. When plane shifting is active, the hull computation stops when vertex limit is reached. The hull planes are then shifted to contain all input vertices, and the new plane intersection points are then used to generate the final hull with the given vertex limit. Plane shifting might produce sharp edges to vertices very far away from the input mesh, and doesn’t guarantee that all input vertices are inside the resulting hull.
Shift VerticesWhen active, vertices of the input mesh are shifted around the origin to improve computation stability. Use this when the input mesh is not centered around the origin.
Gauss Map LimitThe vertex limit beyond which additional acceleration structures are computed for each convex mesh. Higher values reduce memory usage. Lower values can improve performance dependent on target platform.
Build GPU DataWhen active, data for GPU-accelerated rigid body simulation is created. This can increase memory usage and cooking time. Internally, the vertex limit is set to 64 and vertex limit per face is set to 32.

Primitive asset

The Scene Settings PhysX primitive asset properties.

Primitive colliders are simple parametric shape primitives (box, capsule, sphere) that are fit to the input meshes and can be used with static, kinematic, and dynamic entities. Primitive colliders generally provide the best simulation performance, but might not closely match the shape of the visible mesh. They are best suited for dynamic entities with simple meshes, as well as projectiles, triggers, and entities where colliders that accurately represent shape of the visible mesh are not necessary.

Target ShapeThe primitive shape to fit to the input mesh. Automatic determines which of the shapes fits best.
Volume Term CoefficientSpecify how closely the fitting algorithm will try to fit the primitive shape to the input mesh. A value of 0 (no volume minimization) is recommended for most meshes. If the input mesh has few vertices, or vertices mainly on edges, the result might fit the primitive shape inside the input mesh. Increasing this value can improve the result, but values that are too high can have a negative result.

Decompose meshes

The Scene Settings PhysX decompose meshes properties.

Exporting a PhysX mesh as a convex or a primitive collider might not produce good results if the mesh’s shape is concave or doesn’t closely fit one of the primitive shapes. Exporting a PhysX mesh as a triangle mesh collider creates a collider that accurately resembles the original mesh, but won’t work with a dynamic entity. For these scenarios, O3DE supports approximate convex decomposition. Arbitrary meshes are broken down into convex parts which approximate the original shape before processing each part through the asset pipeline individually.

Decomposing meshes has the advantage that each individual convex part can be exported as a convex or primitive approximation. Since the resulting asset doesn’t contain any triangle meshes, it can be used on dynamic entities.

For more information and illustrated examples of results, see the V-HACD library on GitHub .

Maximum HullsSpecify the maximum number of hulls that can be generated. Values range from 1 to 1024.
Maximum Vertices Per HullSpecify the maximum number of vertices per convex hull. Values range from 4 to 1024.
ConcavityMaximum concavity of each convex hull.
ResolutionMaximum number of voxels generated during the voxelization stage. Valid values range from a minimum of 10000 to a maximum value of 64000000.
ModeUse either a Voxel-based (cubic) or Tetrahedron-based volume for approximate convex decomposition.
AlphaThe bias toward clipping along symmetry planes. Values range from 0.0 to 1.0.
BetaSpecify the bias toward clipping along revolution axes. Values range from 0.0 to 1.0.
Minimum Volume Per HullSpecify the adaptive sampling of the generated convex hulls. Values range from 0.0 to 0.01.
Plane DownsamplingThe granularity of the search for the best clipping plane. Values range from 1 to a maximum value of 16.
Hull DownsamplingThe precision of the convex hull generation process during the clipping plane selection stage. Values range 1 to 16.
Enable PCAWhen active, the input mesh is normalized before applying the convex decomposition.
Project Hull VerticesWhen active, the output convex hull vertices are projected onto the input mesh to increase the floating point accuracy of the results.


The Scene Settings PhysX tab Comment modifier.

Add a comment to the file for the PhysX mesh group. You can add a comment about changes made to the source asset file for tracking purposes or notes on export options, for example. Comments don’t affect how files are processed. Multiple comment modifiers can be added to a PhysX mesh group.