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Hi All,

I'm developing an React.js APP which consists of multiple pages. One of pages contains canvas, scene and of course, engine while other pages don't. Naturally, I need to dispose scene and stop engine when I am going to leave this page while init the scene and runRenderLoop when I re-eneter this page. The related code is as follows.

class Scene {
  constructor() {
    this.canvas = null;
    this.engine = null;
    this.scene = null;
    this.obstacles = null;

  init(canvas) {
    this.canvas = canvas;
    this.engine = new BABYLON.Engine(canvas, true);
    this.scene = new BABYLON.Scene(this.engine);
    this.scene.clearColor = new BABYLON.Color3.Black();
    this.obstacles = new Obstacles(this.scene);

  run() {
    window.addEventListener("resize", () => { this.engine.resize(); });
    this.engine.runRenderLoop(() => {

  stop() {
    window.removeEventListener("resize", () => { this.engine.resize(); });
export default class Canvas extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <canvas className="main-canvas"
              ref={(canvas) => {
                  if (canvas === null) {
                    // React will call the `ref` callback when the
                    // component is being umounted.

The problem is that when I go back to this page and try to dispose the mesh of obstacle to redraw, which is BABYLON.MeshBuilder.ExtrudePolygon().  It reports error:

Does anyone have any idea? What's wrong with my operations?

TypeError: engine is null
./node_modules/babylonjs/dist/preview release/babylon.max.js/Mesh.prototype.dispose
  22770 |             highlightLayer.removeExcludedMesh(this);
  22771 |         }
  22772 |     }
> 22773 |     _super.prototype.dispose.call(this, doNotRecurse);
  22774 | };
  22775 | /**
  22776 |  * Modifies the mesh geometry according to a displacement map.

  72 | if (this.mesh) {
> 73 |   this.mesh.dispose();
  74 | }
  75 | 
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hi, Instead of relying on the ref={ () => ...} you could wire into the React lifecycle event to tear down your scene/engine in componentWillUnmount().  I'm wiring up the canvas in the componentDidMount() event, as that will ensure that the canvas (via ref) is loaded:

Looking at that code now I really feel like I should be calling engine.dispose() in componentWillUnmount()!  It started as a proof of concept, but I use it a lot and switch between pages with and without BabylonJS scenes - so far no noticeable issues using that code.

Also, are you maintaining the state in your store to re-init the scene?  I'd like to hear more about what you're doing if that doesn't work! :)

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