How To

Create Tiled Planes and Boxes

Tiled Plane

Each tile on the plane uses the same texture source and has the same tile width and tile height.

Tiled Plane

With careful selection of the tile size and texture image a variety of patterns can be formed with the tiles.

A tiled plane is created using a variety of options with

var tiledPlane = BABYLON.CreateTiledPlane("tiled_plane", options, scene);

Tiles can be flipped (reflected in vertical axis), rotated 180o or both by setting pattern in the options with the following constants

BABYLON.Mesh.NO_FLIP, default

The TILE ending means that each tile across and up the plane are flipped or rotated alternatively. The ROW ending means that the whole of alternate rows are flipped or rotated.

When the width or height of the plane is such that a whole number of tiles does not fit then tiles are 'cut' and part tiles are used to fill the plane. When this happens you can arrange where the part tiles are placed, either at one edge of the plane or uniformly on two opposite edges. You do this by setting alignVertical and alignHorizontal in the options with where you want whole tiles to be placed. For example setting alignHorizontal to LEFT means that the leftmost column of tiles will be whole ones and part tiles will be in the rightmost column. The following constants are available for


BABYLON.Mesh.CENTER, default


BABYLON.Mesh.CENTER, default

So there are 7 3 3 = 63 different arrangements for the tiles. To see the headings for the 63 arrangements view the full playground.

Using the frontUVs and backUVs in the options the front and back of the plane can use different parts of an image for the front and back of the plane.

Front and Back

var f = new BABYLON.Vector4(0.5,0, 1, 1); // front image = half the whole image along the width 
var b = new BABYLON.Vector4(0,0, 0.5, 1); // back image = second half along the width

var options = {
    frontUVs: f,
    backUVs: b,
    sideOrientation: BABYLON.Mesh.DOUBLESIDE



Single Tile Pattern
tile width : 1, tile height : 1

Alternating Patterns

Two Tile Pattern
tile width : 2, tile height : 1

Brick Pattern

Brick Pattern
tile width : 3, tile height : 1

Tiled Box

A tiled box is constructed from six tiled planes and so all sides are created from the same size tiles and with the same patterns. Using the faceUV array each side can have a different texture for its tiles as explained for a standard box.

The tiled box options include all the pattern and alignment options for a tiled plane, however frontUVS and backUVs are not available for a tiled box.

It is created using

var tiledBox = BABYLON.CreateTiledBox("tiled_box", options, scene);


Arrow Pattern
tile width : 1, tile height : 1

Note that the the tile pattern is arranged so that all vertical sides have the same pattern and at the edge where the front and top side meets the alignment matches.

To see the headings for the 63 arrangements view the full playground.

Further Reading

How To Make the Most of Options

Side Orientation
Face UV and Face Colors
Front and Back UV

Basic - L1

Mesh Overview
Set Shapes 101
Parametric Shapes 101
Set Shapes
Parametric Shapes
Polyhedra Shapes