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Rotating object with quaternion property

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I'm not sure this question is right for this forum. My appologies in advance.


I have an object body (from cannon-es library but it is not relevant). Then, I can animate some properties like position, this way:


        y: body.position.y + 10


Now, I want to rotate it, but rotation in this kind of object must be done with a setFromAxisAngle() function in its quaternion property, not changing a property directly:


    new CANNON.Vec3(0, 1, 0),
    Math.PI * 0.5 

So, I want to animate the floating value '0.5' in this line:

Math.PI * 0.5


Is it possible? Which is the right approach to do it?

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Hello @Aitor


It's always best to include a minimal demo for people here to tinker with (as the forum guidelines state) that makes it way easier to provide you with a suitable solution.


Technically you can tween any value with GSAP, so you could e.g. set up an object with a value and onUpdate of a tween on that value, update what you need to with that value.


I have no experience with cannon.js whatsoever, so I'm not sure if there is an easier way (but judging from the little experience I have with three.js and this scenario being sort of similar to how to tween certain properties in three.js, I don't really think so), but here is what I came up with. Hope it helps :)


let sphereRotation = { val: 0 };

gsap.to( sphereRotation, { duration: 5, val: 2, repeat: -1, yoyo: true, ease: "power1.inOut", onUpdate: updateRotation })

function updateRotation() {
    new CANNON.Vec3(0, 1, 0),
    Math.PI * sphereRotation.val


See the Pen 5e21f51cc80e45865d72ec08d556afd2 by akapowl (@akapowl) on CodePen


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