Quick Overview (stuff you really should know)
- You will read this until your eyes bleed
- Mesh.vertices contains your vertices. Mesh.triangles contains indexes to the vertices array.
- Normals (and UVs) are per Vertice. E.g.: Mesh.normals[i] has the normal for Mesh.vertices[i] (Blender uses normals for each face, which sometimes confuses people)
- Different materials means different submeshes (or a new Mesh if that's what you're into).
A few pitfalls and tips
- Mesh.uv1 != Mesh.uv (WHY AREN'T MY TEXTURE COORDINATES DOING ANYTHING?)
- The backface is determined by the order of the vertices in each triangle, NOT its normal. If your mesh looks like it's inside out this is probably why.
- Some of Unity's built-in shaders (namely the bump mapped ones) do not calculate their own tangents. Each Mesh has their own tangent array for this specific purpose. Unfortunately they can't be auto-calculated.
- Blender files do not have these by default but fortunately Unity can calculate them automatically. Sadly, we don't have access to their algorithm for this.
- Fortunately there's some code floating around that works.
- Don't generate a new Mesh() every time. Use the same mesh instance and .Clear() it. New meshes will get fed to the GPU but won't replace the old data there, causing memory leaks.
- 99% of the time you can just call Mesh.RecalculateNormals() at the end instead of reinventing the wheel and calculating your own normals. As far as I know this calculates the normals based on the order of the vertices.
- When you add a collider Unity will automatically fit it to the current Meshfilter's bounds.