Establishing the correct forward facing direction for a 3D model

Unlike a 2D sprite in a 2D environment, a 3D model in a 3D environment has an orientation which includes what can be called a forward facing direction.

In the picture below, the mesh’s forward facing direction is incorrect as the character front of the mesh does not face the intended direction.

Undesired mesh orientation

The next picture shows the correct direction for the mesh to have for its forward facing direction with the back of the 3D character facing the camera.

Desired mesh orientation

The following guidance reveals the correct procedure for establishing a correct forward facing direction for a 3D mesh, specifically for the Babylon.js game development framework.

Correct procedure in the Blender 3D modeling utility

The axis that a 3D model must face in so that it can have the correct forward facing direction in an external application is the y-axis and it must be in the positive direction of the y-axis.

Correct orientation in Blender

Location, rotation, and scale transformations are to be applied for exportation to the Babylon.js application.

Written on December 18, 2018