Bend geometry in vertexShader

Hello! im trying to “deform” or “rig” a cylinder shape create in Processing and send it to vertex Shader:
here the piece of code that generate the shape:

int rr = 50;
int h = 1000;
int vertices = 25;

    for (int i = 0; i <= vertices; i++) {
      float angle = TWO_PI / vertices;
      float x = sin(i * angle);
      float z = cos(i * angle);
      float u = float(i) / vertices;
   vertex(x * rr, -h/2, z * rr);
     vertex(x * rr, +h/2, z * rr);

here my default vertex:

#version 150


#ifdef GL_ES
precision mediump float;

   in vec4 position;
   in vec3 color;
   out vec3 Color;
   uniform mat4 transform;
   in vec2 texCoord;
   out vec2 TexCoord;
   in vec4 normal;
   uniform float u_time;

   uniform mat3 normalMatrix;

     void main() {

    vec4 pos = position;
    TexCoord = texCoord;

    Color = color;

         gl_Position = transform * pos;


and here the result:


what i want is try to put the shape into some kind of “spline”, or something like a ray, just something like that:


how can i “bend” geometry to generate that points of intersection? i assume is something that i can do in vertexShader, but maybe im wrong. thanks a lot

A vertex shader can change the position of vertices, but it can’t create new vertices. So you’d need to subdivide the mesh length-wise, then you can use the vertex shader to move the intermediate vertices (or you could just move them in the application code; there’s no reason to do this in the vertex shader unless the calculation is dynamic).

Or you could use a tessellation shader, which can dynamically subdivide a triangular or quadrilateral patch into triangles. But those require OpenGL 4.0 or the ARB_tessellation_shader extension.

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