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I'm modelling a ship in 3D in wpf. I have functions to change pitch, heading and roll, (model's x,y,z), by degrees. These use individual transforms, such as:

RotateTransform.Rotation = new AxisAngleRotation3D(new Vector3D(1, 0, 0), pitchangle);

Its obvious when I apply for instance a heading/y transform then a roll/z transform the rotation axis isn't right as it's rotating round the 3D space's z axis not the models (now changed) z axis.

How do keep track of the correct rotation axis for the model?

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Use quaternions instead. You'll run into all sorts of weird behaviour, including gimbal lock[^] when using Euler angles.[^][^]

It might seem like a big step to move to Quaternions, but trust me, it will pay off.

Hope this helps,
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brian_bloke 17-Feb-12 10:08am    
Thank you - at the brief look I had at quaternions I was hoping to avoid them! Will read on...
Fredrik Bornander 17-Feb-12 10:33am    
I had the same feeling the first time I looked at them, but they really do make everything a lot easier as soon as you get past the initial hurdle of understanding them.
brian_bloke 21-Feb-12 5:29am    
ok I get the basics of what quaternions are - I still don't see how to apply them to my situation? After applying one I'd still need to know the new rotation axis for the next rotation? Or have I missed something?

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