Creating a 3D Metal Texture Box in React using React-Three-Fiber

In this article, we will see how to make a metallic texture cubic box in React JS using React-Three-Fiber package. First, we will download a metallic photo and then we will apply it over all the surfaces of a cube. Cubes are basic shapes but we can make them look attractive by wrapping an image over its surfaces. So, let's get start.


First download and install the following packages −

npm i --save @react-three/fiber three

threejs and react-three/fiber will be used to add webGL renderer to the website and three-fiber will be used to connect threejs and React.

Now let's download a metallic image and put it inside the “src” folder. I have this image and I have named it "download2.jpg

Next, insert the following lines of code in App.js

import React, { useRef } from "react";
import { Canvas, useFrame, useLoader } from "@reactthree/fiber";
import * as THREE from "three";
import metal from "./download2.jpg";
import "./App.css";

function Box(props) {
   const mesh = useRef();
   useFrame(() => (mesh.current.rotation.x =
   mesh.current.rotation.y += 0.01));
   const base = new THREE.TextureLoader().load(metal);

   return (
      <mesh {...props} ref={mesh}>
         <boxGeometry args={[3, 3, 3]} />
         <meshBasicMaterial attach="material" color={"lightblue"} map={base} />
export default function App() {
   return (
         <ambientLight />
         <Box />


  • Here, we created a <Box> object.

  • Then, we imported our image as “metal” variable.

  • Then, we converted that metal image to texture and stored it in “base” constant.

  • Next, inside meshBasicMaterial, we applied that texture using “map” function.

  • We also added rotation to our cube to make it look more beautiful. We used useFramer to add rotation functionality.


On execution, it will produce the following output −

Updated on: 29-Sep-2021


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