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Python Script: Set Up a Wire Render

This Python script will help you make clay and wire renders.

liero writes:

A script to setup and apply materials for a wire render... It will replace your own with a clay and a wire materials, as seen here and here.

You can apply settings to all visible or just selected MESHES. Anyway, it's very easy to use.

  • works in BI on meshes only
  • by default it will run over all visible objects, but you can restrict to a selection
  • script looks for materials by name: rename or make single user to get different wire colors
  • 'mat_wire' has a z-offset option than can be used to fine tune wires display
  • enable ambient occlusion or 'shadeless' option to do a fast render without setting up lights
  • if it fails in default mode try selecting objects and enabling 'selected meshes'



  • StanP

    oh my ! Finally, thanks liero !

  • Lorembolo Bolo

    many thanks, I was waiting for this for a long time !

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for that !
    In the future, another way which don't use z offset could be better, but this add-on is great.
    Thanks again !

  • Anonymous

    Yay! I have been waiting for something like this!

  • Lactose

    Very Useful. Thanks!

  • MacroManJr

    I was just thinking about this feature yesterday.  Thanks!

  • Lucas Romero Di Benedetto

    Gracias Liero!! buen aporte!

  • Comeinandburn

    this should be included in trunk!  I've been waiting for this forever.

  • Anonymous

    Very cool! Love this :)

  • Max

    this is really cool script.


  • double u

    Since this is a very commonly used rendering style... wouldn't it be useful to have it as a basic render option? I. e. a "render as clay" or "render as wireframe" button, that leaves your scene as is.

  • MoXX

    This should be in the trunk!

  • Charly

    Really cool and really smart script. Thanks for that :-)

  • Seba

    Could you add the links to the pics here in the quote that the original message has? (when it says "as seen here and here"

  • Kirill Poltavets

    Thanks a lot, Liero!

  • erick parra

    Thank you !!!! :D

  • Oscurart

    Grande Liero!

  • Mick Cruz

    definitely must be in the trunk

  • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

    I notice you attach your custom properties to Blender’s WindowManager class. I don’t think you should do that; attach them to your own class instead. See my TreadTiler code for an example:

  • B65ISP

    Nice addon but how to bake wire render for using as UV map, or increase thickness for rendering in higher resolution?

  • Giancarlo Mora

    really really usefull, I havent watched yet what you did to "upgrade" the old way but this is faster, I like it ! thanks 

  • Jeremiah R

    im a noob and want to use this script but dont know how to get it in blender :P any help

    • lubeyrin

      user preferences -> addons -> install from file button at bottom
      Then make sure it's ticked on

  • Fudge

    This has been very useful, Thanks.

  • Waqas Abdul Majeed

    Thanx a lot! Very helpful.

  • lubeyrin

    Thanks for this!
    Surprised this isn't in trunk by now

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