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Getting Started

To get started with Plexus, add a dependency to the Cargo.toml manifest.

plexus = "=0.0.11" # Unstable. Require exact version.

The documentation on this website is based on work on the master branch. Because Plexus is in its initial development phase, published crates may differ significantly from what is documented here. Consider taking a dependency on a master revision.


git = ""
rev = "..."

Prelude Module

Some features are exposed largely via traits. It can sometimes be cumbersome to import these traits, so it is recommended to import the contents of the prelude module.

use plexus::prelude::*;

The prelude module re-exports commonly used types and traits. Collisions are avoided by importing traits anonymously. In particular, the prelude module re-exports traits used for tessellation and iterator expressions that manipulate iterators of topological data.

use decorum::R64;
use nalgebra::Point3;
use plexus::index::{Flat3, HashIndexer};
use plexus::prelude::*;
use plexus::primitive::cube::Cube;
use plexus::primitive::generate::Position;

type E3 = Point3<R64>;

// These trait functions are imported from `prelude`.
let (indices, vertices) = Cube::new()
    .index_vertices::<Flat3, _>(HashIndexer::default());


Most code examples in the user guide do not include imports. See the API documentation for import paths.


Plexus integrates with the [theon][] crate to abstract Euclidean spaces and provide geometric traits that support various mathematics crates in the Rust ecosystem. Any mathematics crate can be used and, if it is supported by Theon, Plexus provides geometric APIs.

Geometric traits are optionally implemented for types in various crates by enabling Cargo features.

Feature Default Crate Support
geometry-cgmath No [cgmath][] Complete
geometry-glam No [glam][] Complete
geometry-mint No [mint][] Partial
geometry-nalgebra No [nalgebra][] Complete
geometry-ultraviolet No [ultraviolet][] Partial

If using one of these supported crates, it is highly recommended to enable the corresponding feature. To configure features, specify a dependency on Plexus in Cargo.toml as seen below.

nalgebra = "^0.21.0"

git = ""
rev = "..."
default-features = false
features = [

Plexus also integrates with the [decorum][] crate for floating-point representations that can be hashed for fast indexing. The R64 type is a (totally ordered) real number with an f64 representation that cannot be NaN nor infinity, for example. Geometric conversion traits are implemented for supported types to allow for implicit conversions of scalars.

Plexus re-exports integrated crates in sub-modules of the integration module. When using integrated crates, a direct dependency or an import from integration can be used. Using the integration module avoids version conflicts.

// Import re-exported crates. No direct dependency is required.
use plexus::integration::{decorum, nalgebra};

use decorum::R64;
use nalgebra::Point3;
use plexus::geometry::Vector;
use plexus::prelude::*;

type E3 = Point3<R64>;

#[derive(Clone, Copy, Eq, Hash, PartialEq)]
pub struct Vertex {
    pub position: E3,
    pub normal: Vector<E3>,