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Walkthrough: Hosting a 3-D WPF Composite Control in Windows Forms

This walkthrough demonstrates how you can create a WPF composite control and host it in Windows Forms controls and forms by using the ElementHost control.

In this walkthrough, you will implement a WPF UserControl that contains two child controls. The UserControl displays a three-dimensional (3-D) cone. Rendering 3-D objects is much easier with the WPF than with Windows Forms. Therefore, it makes sense to host a WPF UserControl class to create 3-D graphics in Windows Forms.

Tasks illustrated in this walkthrough include:

For a complete code listing of the tasks illustrated in this walkthrough, see Hosting a 3-D WPF Composite Control in Windows Forms Sample.

You need the following components to complete this walkthrough:

  • Visual Studio 2008.

To create the UserControl

  1. Create a WPF User Control Library project named HostingWpfUserControlInWf.

  2. Open UserControl1.xaml in the WPF Designer.

  3. Replace the generated code with the following code.

    This code defines a System.Windows.Controls.UserControl that contains two child controls. The first child control is a System.Windows.Controls.Label control; the second is a Viewport3D control that displays a 3-D cone.

    <UserControl x:Class="HostingWpfUserControlInWf.UserControl1"
        xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
        xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
        >
    
        <Grid>
    
          <!-- Place a Label control at the top of the view. -->
          <Label 
    				HorizontalAlignment="Center" 
    				TextBlock.TextAlignment="Center" 
    				FontSize="20" 
    				Foreground="Red" 
    				Content="Model: Cone"/>
    
          <!-- Viewport3D is the rendering surface. -->
          <Viewport3D Name="myViewport" >
    
            <!-- Add a camera. -->
            <Viewport3D.Camera>
              <PerspectiveCamera 
    						FarPlaneDistance="20" 
    						LookDirection="0,0,1" 
    						UpDirection="0,1,0" 
    						NearPlaneDistance="1" 
    						Position="0,0,-3" 
    						FieldOfView="45" />
            </Viewport3D.Camera>
    
            <!-- Add models. -->
            <Viewport3D.Children>
    
              <ModelVisual3D>
                <ModelVisual3D.Content>
    
                  <Model3DGroup >
                    <Model3DGroup.Children>
    
                      <!-- Lights, MeshGeometry3D and DiffuseMaterial objects are added to the ModelVisual3D. -->
                      <DirectionalLight Color="#FFFFFFFF" Direction="3,-4,5" />
    
                      <!-- Define a red cone. -->
                      <GeometryModel3D>
    
                        <GeometryModel3D.Geometry>
                          <MeshGeometry3D 
        Positions="0.293893 -0.5 0.404509  0.475528 -0.5 0.154509  0 0.5 0  0.475528 -0.5 0.154509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  0.475528 -0.5 0.154509  0.475528 -0.5 -0.154509  0 0.5 0  0.475528 -0.5 -0.154509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  0.475528 -0.5 -0.154509  0.293893 -0.5 -0.404509  0 0.5 0  0.293893 -0.5 -0.404509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  0.293893 -0.5 -0.404509  0 -0.5 -0.5  0 0.5 0  0 -0.5 -0.5  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  0 -0.5 -0.5  -0.293893 -0.5 -0.404509  0 0.5 0  -0.293893 -0.5 -0.404509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  -0.293893 -0.5 -0.404509  -0.475528 -0.5 -0.154509  0 0.5 0  -0.475528 -0.5 -0.154509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  -0.475528 -0.5 -0.154509  -0.475528 -0.5 0.154509  0 0.5 0  -0.475528 -0.5 0.154509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  -0.475528 -0.5 0.154509  -0.293892 -0.5 0.404509  0 0.5 0  -0.293892 -0.5 0.404509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  -0.293892 -0.5 0.404509  0 -0.5 0.5  0 0.5 0  0 -0.5 0.5  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  0 -0.5 0.5  0.293893 -0.5 0.404509  0 0.5 0  0.293893 -0.5 0.404509  0 0.5 0  0 0.5 0  " 
        Normals="0.7236065,0.4472139,0.5257313  0.2763934,0.4472138,0.8506507  0.5308242,0.4294462,0.7306172  0.2763934,0.4472138,0.8506507  0,0.4294458,0.9030925  0.5308242,0.4294462,0.7306172  0.2763934,0.4472138,0.8506507  -0.2763934,0.4472138,0.8506507  0,0.4294458,0.9030925  -0.2763934,0.4472138,0.8506507  -0.5308242,0.4294462,0.7306172  0,0.4294458,0.9030925  -0.2763934,0.4472138,0.8506507  -0.7236065,0.4472139,0.5257313  -0.5308242,0.4294462,0.7306172  -0.7236065,0.4472139,0.5257313  -0.858892,0.429446,0.279071  -0.5308242,0.4294462,0.7306172  -0.7236065,0.4472139,0.5257313  -0.8944269,0.4472139,0  -0.858892,0.429446,0.279071  -0.8944269,0.4472139,0  -0.858892,0.429446,-0.279071  -0.858892,0.429446,0.279071  -0.8944269,0.4472139,0  -0.7236065,0.4472139,-0.5257313  -0.858892,0.429446,-0.279071  -0.7236065,0.4472139,-0.5257313  -0.5308242,0.4294462,-0.7306172  -0.858892,0.429446,-0.279071  -0.7236065,0.4472139,-0.5257313  -0.2763934,0.4472138,-0.8506507  -0.5308242,0.4294462,-0.7306172  -0.2763934,0.4472138,-0.8506507  0,0.4294458,-0.9030925  -0.5308242,0.4294462,-0.7306172  -0.2763934,0.4472138,-0.8506507  0.2763934,0.4472138,-0.8506507  0,0.4294458,-0.9030925  0.2763934,0.4472138,-0.8506507  0.5308249,0.4294459,-0.7306169  0,0.4294458,-0.9030925  0.2763934,0.4472138,-0.8506507  0.7236068,0.4472141,-0.5257306  0.5308249,0.4294459,-0.7306169  0.7236068,0.4472141,-0.5257306  0.8588922,0.4294461,-0.27907  0.5308249,0.4294459,-0.7306169  0.7236068,0.4472141,-0.5257306  0.8944269,0.4472139,0  0.8588922,0.4294461,-0.27907  0.8944269,0.4472139,0  0.858892,0.429446,0.279071  0.8588922,0.4294461,-0.27907  0.8944269,0.4472139,0  0.7236065,0.4472139,0.5257313  0.858892,0.429446,0.279071  0.7236065,0.4472139,0.5257313  0.5308242,0.4294462,0.7306172  0.858892,0.429446,0.279071  "                   TriangleIndices="0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 " />
                        </GeometryModel3D.Geometry>
    
                        <GeometryModel3D.Material>
                          <DiffuseMaterial>
                            <DiffuseMaterial.Brush>
                              <SolidColorBrush 
                                Color="Red" 
                                Opacity="1.0"/>
                            </DiffuseMaterial.Brush>
                          </DiffuseMaterial>
                        </GeometryModel3D.Material>
    
                      </GeometryModel3D>
    
                    </Model3DGroup.Children>
                  </Model3DGroup>
    
                </ModelVisual3D.Content>
    
              </ModelVisual3D>
    
            </Viewport3D.Children>
    
          </Viewport3D>
        </Grid>
    
    </UserControl>
    

To create the host project

  1. Add a Windows application project named WpfUserControlHost to the solution. For more information, see How to: Create a New WPF Application Project.

  2. In Solution Explorer, add a reference to the WindowsFormsIntegration assembly, which is named WindowsFormsIntegration.dll.

  3. Add references to the following WPF assemblies:

    • PresentationCore

    • PresentationFramework

    • WindowsBase

  4. Add a reference to the HostingWpfUserControlInWf project.

  5. In Solution Explorer, set the WpfUserControlHost project to be the startup project.

To host the UserControl

  1. In the Windows Forms Designer, open Form1.

  2. In the Properties window, click Events, and then double-click the Load event to create an event handler.

    The Code Editor opens to the newly generated Form1_Load event handler.

  3. Replace the code in Form1.cs with the following code.

    The Form1_Load event handler creates an instance of UserControl1 and adds itto the ElementHost control's collection of child controls. The ElementHost control is added to the form's collection of child controls.

    Imports System
    Imports System.Collections.Generic
    Imports System.ComponentModel
    Imports System.Data
    Imports System.Drawing
    Imports System.Text
    Imports System.Windows.Forms
    
    Imports System.Windows.Forms.Integration
    
    Public Class Form1
        Inherits Form
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            ' Create the ElementHost control for hosting the 
            ' WPF UserControl. 
            Dim host As New ElementHost()
            host.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
    
            ' Create the WPF UserControl. 
            Dim uc As New HostingWpfUserControlInWf.UserControl1()
    
            ' Assign the WPF UserControl to the ElementHost control's 
            ' Child property.
            host.Child = uc
    
            ' Add the ElementHost control to the form's 
            ' collection of child controls. 
            Me.Controls.Add(host)
        End Sub 
    
    End Class
    
  4. Press F5 to build and run the application.

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