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Is it possible to add transparency property to an object? [SOLVED]

asked 2016-09-22 14:37:55 -0500

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updated 2016-09-25 15:56:40 -0500

Hi all!

I'm trying to model a glass wall for a robotics cell. Is there a way to set the material's transparency within a urdf model?

Thank you!!!


Thank you Peter, your reply was very helpful. I solved the problem using GreyTransparent.

I have edited my urdf adding the following lines:

<gazebo reference="back_wall1">

Anyway, I found that there are other colors in gazebo.materials

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answered 2016-09-25 10:22:02 -0500

Yes there is. Not sure if there's something within urdf, but it's certainly supported in sdf. In other words, you may have to put it in the <gazebo> tags.

Here's the relavent documentation

I often use <diffuse>, <specular>,<emissive>. Which each take rgba. However, you could also use some of the built in materials:


Finally, you can make your own texture. See ThomasK's excellent answer here:

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