Raymarch in a box

This is simply a port of the “Writing a ray marcher in Unity” tutorial by The Art of Code. The world space to object space conversion wasn´t obvious, so hopefully this can be useful. 

To revert back to world space, i.e. the “portal mode” that he mentions in the video, uncomment line 51 and set the render_mode to world_vertex_coords.

Shader code
shader_type spatial;
render_mode unshaded;
//render_mode unshaded, world_vertex_coords; // to raymarch in world space

varying vec3 world_camera;
varying vec3 world_position;

const int MAX_STEPS = 100;
const float MAX_DIST = 100.0;
const float SURF_DIST = 1e-3;

float GetDist(vec3 p){
	float d = length(p) - .5; //Sphere
	d = length(vec2(length(p.xz) - .5, p.y)) - .1; //torus
	return d;

float RayMarch(vec3 ro, vec3 rd) {
	float dO = 0.0;
	float dS;
	for (int i = 0; i < MAX_STEPS; i++)
		vec3 p = ro + dO * rd;
		dS = GetDist(p);
		dO += dS;
		if (dS < SURF_DIST || dO > MAX_DIST)
	return dO;

vec3 GetNormal(vec3 p) {
	vec2 e = vec2(1e-2, 0);
	vec3 n = GetDist(p) - vec3(
		GetDist(p - e.xyy),
		GetDist(p - e.yxy),
		GetDist(p - e.yyx)
	return normalize(n);

void vertex() {
	world_position = VERTEX;
	world_camera = (inverse(MODELVIEW_MATRIX) * vec4(0, 0, 0, 1)).xyz; //object space
	//world_camera = ( CAMERA_MATRIX  * vec4(0, 0, 0, 1)).xyz; //uncomment this to raymarch in world space

void fragment() {
	vec3 ro = world_camera;
	vec3 rd =  normalize(world_position - ro);
	vec3 col;
	float d = RayMarch(ro, rd);

	if (d >= MAX_DIST)
		vec3 p = ro + rd * d;
		vec3 n = GetNormal(p);
		col = n.rgb;
	ALBEDO = col;

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SRC Corp
SRC Corp
7 months ago

thx! I can use this for a 4D game!

SRC Corp
SRC Corp
7 months ago
Reply to  kilojool

Jelle Venderme(I think thats his name) did a 4D game that uses raymarching.
I tried something like that myself but the system i ended up with was on a ColorRect. The 3D raymarching that you made can help me out in this 😀

SRC Corp
SRC Corp
7 months ago
Reply to  kilojool

Thanks 🙂

I also made a Shapes Shader that lets you easily make simple levels.
A Convex Collision Shape can be helpful for collisions. If that interests you 😀

Last edited 7 months ago by SRC Corp