How to rotate a object on axis world three.js?

Is it possible to do rotations taking axis of the world and not of the object?

I need to do some rotations of an object, but after the first rotation, I can't do other rotations like i want.

If it's not possible to do rotation on the axis of the world, my second option is to reset the axis after the first rotation. Is there some function for this?

I can't use object.eulerOrder because it changes the orientation of my object when I set object.eulerOrder="YZX" after some rotations.



THREE - r107

// select the Z world axis
this.myAxis = new Vector3(0, 0, 1);

// rotate the mesh 45 on this axis
this.mesh.rotateOnWorldAxis(this.myAxis, Math.degToRad(45));

animate() {
// rotate our object on its Y axis, 
// but notice the cube has been transformed on world axis, so it will be tilted 45deg.
  this.mesh.rotation.y += 0.008;

Here's a small variation. Tested with r56.

THREE.Object3D._matrixAux = new THREE.Matrix4(); // global auxiliar variable
// Warnings: 1) axis is assumed to be normalized. 
//  2) matrix must be updated. If not, call object.updateMatrix() first  
//  3) this assumes we are not using quaternions
THREE.Object3D.prototype.rotateAroundWorldAxis = function(axis, radians) { 
    THREE.Object3D._matrixAux.makeRotationAxis(axis, radians);
    this.matrix.multiplyMatrices(THREE.Object3D._matrixAux,this.matrix); // r56
    this.rotation.setEulerFromRotationMatrix(THREE.Object3D._matrixAux, this.eulerOrder ); 
    this.position.getPositionFromMatrix( this.matrix );
THREE.Object3D.prototype.rotateAroundWorldAxisX = function(radians) { 
THREE.Object3D.prototype.rotateAroundWorldAxisY = function(radians) { 
THREE.Object3D.prototype. rotateAroundWorldAxisZ = function(degrees){ 

The three last lines are just to resync the params (position,rotation) from the matrix... I wonder if there is a more efficient way to do that...


Somewhere around r59 this gets a lot easier (rotate around x):

bb.GraphicsEngine.prototype.calcRotation = function ( obj, rotationX)
    var euler = new THREE.Euler( rotationX, 0, 0, 'XYZ' );

Updated answer from @Neil (tested on r98)

function rotateAroundWorldAxis(obj, axis, radians) {
   let rotWorldMatrix = new THREE.Matrix4();
   rotWorldMatrix.makeRotationAxis(axis.normalize(), radians);
   obj.matrix = rotWorldMatrix;

@acarlon Your answer might just have ended a week of frustration. I've refined your function a bit. Here are my variations. I hope this saves someone else the 20+ hours I spent trying to figure this out.

function calcRotationAroundAxis( obj3D, axis, angle ){

    var euler;

    if ( axis === "x" ){
        euler = new THREE.Euler( angle, 0, 0, 'XYZ' );      

    if ( axis === "y" ){
        euler = new THREE.Euler( 0, angle, 0, 'XYZ' );              

    if ( axis === "z" ){
        euler = new THREE.Euler( 0, 0, angle, 'XYZ' );      
    obj3D.position.applyEuler( euler );

function calcRotationIn3D( obj3D, angles, order = 'XYZ' ){

   var euler;

   euler = new THREE.Euler( angles.x, angles.y, angles.z, order );

   obj3D.position.applyEuler( euler );


This works beautifully in r91. Hope it helps.


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