Version: 2019.4
Meshes
Mesh Renderer

Mesh Filter

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The Mesh Filter takes a mesh from your assets and passes it to the Mesh RendererA mesh component that takes the geometry from the Mesh Filter and renders it at the position defined by the object’s Transform component. More info
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for renderingThe process of drawing graphics to the screen (or to a render texture). By default, the main camera in Unity renders its view to the screen. More info
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on the screen.

Properties

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MeshThe main graphics primitive of Unity. Meshes make up a large part of your 3D worlds. Unity supports triangulated or Quadrangulated polygon meshes. Nurbs, Nurms, Subdiv surfaces must be converted to polygons. More info
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Reference to a mesh that will be rendered. The Mesh is located inside your Assets Directory.

Details

When importing mesh assets, Unity automatically creates a Skinned Mesh Renderer if the mesh is skinned, or a Mesh Filter along with a Mesh Renderer, if it is not.

In order for non-skinned Meshes to be rendered, both the Mesh Filter and Mesh Renderer components must be present for legacy reasons.

Meshes
Mesh Renderer