Questions on constructing graphical objects using relatively complex computations relating to the mathematical structures defining those objects. Examples include convex hulls, mathematical constructions, symmetries, genuses of curves and graphs and programmatic constructions of polyhedra.

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Graphics3D: Finding intersection of 3d objects and lines

I found these two nice links 1) intersecting graphics 2) Implementation of Balaban's Line intersection algorithm in Mathematica which works for 2d. However, I need to find whether a ray(line) ...
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Determining if a point is inside or outside a 3DS (.3ds) or 3DS MAX (.max) object?

Imagine I import some 3DS (i.e. 3D studio) file (http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/format/3DS.html) or a 3DS MAX file. How could I place this model (say, the 747.3ds file in the ...
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Creating hexahedral finite elements in Mathematica

Is it possible to do FEM using hexahedral elements in Mathematica? If it possible, is there any help to do that?
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How to create a planar graph from a set of random points

Question Given a set of points in the plane, how can you create a planar graph in the standard graph representation of Mathematica (version 9 or higher), from these points? Background A planar ...
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Cover a rectangle with size constrained rectangular regions

I have a big grid (indicated on the image in grey) that is divided in several blocks (each with a maximum width of 3 units). Now I would like to divide a region (indicated on the grid in red) by the ...
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Creating a 2D meshing algorithm in Mathematica

As what is proving to be a difficult, but entertaining task, I am attempting to adapt a 2D meshing algorithm created for MATLAB and port it to Mathematica. I understand meshing functions already exist ...
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Create triangular mesh from random list of points

I have a list of points. I would like to take these points and create a mesh of triangles from them, making sure triangles don't overlap. So here's a list of points: ...
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Equidistant points on a polyline

Set of 2D-points connected by a polyline B-spline function: ...
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Convex hull of a 3D object?

I am trying to find a convex hull command for a Graphics3D object. Does it exist in Mathematica? ...
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How to make 3D object smooth?

This thread considers mathematical methods here to make the 3D object smooth but this question consider how to achieve the goal of smoothing a 3D object in Mathematica. I want to get smoother ...
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Computing Ehrhart's polynomial for a convex polytope

Is there a Mathematica implementation for computing the Ehrhart polynomial of a convex polytope which is specified either by its vertices or by a set of inequalities? I am interested in knowing this ...
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Integrating polynomial functions over polytopes with an add-on package

There is a Mathematica package to evaluate integrals over polytopes: http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Books/3652/ In the documentation (Functions.nb file) I ...
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Calculating a minimum bounding box for a set of 3-space coordinates / spheres

I have a set of 3-space coordinates for the atoms of a molecule (I could also transform them into spheres with radii corresponding to the atoms they represent). I would like to place this molecule ...
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Voronoi diagrams for generators other than points

Any suggestions how to determine Voronoi diagram for sites other than points, as e.g. in the picture below? Input is a raster image.
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Finding the perimeter, area and number of sides of a Voronoi cell

Does anyone have any suggestions how to determine the perimeter, area and number of sides of each Voronoi cell in Voronoi diagram?
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A Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] peculiarity

I have been unable to explain the behavior of Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] on the following (highly simplified) example: ...
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Efficiently determining if 3D points are within a surface composed of polygons

This is the 2nd part of a previous question which I edited to make into 2 separate questions: Extracting polygons from 3D contour plot surface As an extension of my earlier question involving simple ...
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Extracting polygons from 3D contour plot surface

Edit: This question turned out to be two parts so I am going to make this question about only the first part a kguler provided an excellent answer. Here is a better representation. My actual data ...
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Has anyone implemented cohomology for complex manifolds?

I'm investigating the cohomology of complex manifolds, and need to construct chain complexes, Mayer-Vietoris sequences etc. I use Mathematica for numerically tracing manifolds with geodesics, but ...
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How can I define a 3D version of the built-in VoronoiDiagram (VoronoiMesh in V10) function?

Can anybody point me in a direction that will guide me to extend the VoronoiDiagram function in Mathematica to handle 3D (three dimensional) situations (i.e. points in 3D)? Any help will be greatly ...
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Movable text on a curve

Having an arbitrary curve defined as InterpolatingFunction, what is the best way to place a text on this curve? The text generally has two rows, for example: ...
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Checking if a point is in a convex 3D polyhedron

Extending from these questions How to check if a 3D point is in a planar polygon? and How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?. I'm trying to do this to render specific shapes made up of spheres. ...
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How can Mathematica be used to detect an area surrounded by the most lines?

I have an array of lines that produce random shapes. These lines define edge boundaries from an array that I would like to use to reconstruct the main feature of the array. Can Mathematica find the ...
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Generating convex polyhedron from face planes?

Suppose I have lists of normals and points for planes. There's a convex polyhedron whose faces lie on these planes and are bounded by plane intersections. What would be the easiest way to produce an ...
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Implementation of Balaban's Line intersection algorithm in Mathematica

I'm trying to implement a Brillouin Zone algorithm within Mathematica, including the generation of Brillouin zones of higher order in 2D and 3D. There is a nice implementation of generating these ...
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How to speed up the function DelaunayTriangulation?

First define a function meshGrid to generate some points: ...
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Vectors in a spherical shell

I have written code that randomly generates a 3D vector of random magnitude. I now want to create a histogram of how many vectors lie in the concentric spherical shells (n*delta r, (n+1)delta r) ...
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Randomly packing spheres of fixed radius within a cube

How can I have Mathematica randomly place spheres in a cube so they won't overlap? The cube is $20 \times 20 \times 20$, and the spheres have a radius of $0.7$.
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Delaunay Triangulation for 3D Surface Data

I want to do a Delaunay triangulation on scattered 3D surface data. Mathematica itself does it only for 2D through the command DelaunayTriangulation[], which gives ...
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Perimeter and area are positive integers

In Geometry 3D, How can I find the vertices with integer coordinates of a triangle whose perimeter and area are positive integers with Mathematica? Suppose its vertices $(x,y,z)$ has coordinates ...
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How to check if a 3D point is in a planar polygon?

Following up on ndroock1's question, I naively tried to apply the solutions to a 3D point and polygon and they didn't work. For example, functions involving ArcTan ...
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How to ensure that Polygon[list] plots a simple polygon?

Consider the following code which plots a triangle. p = {{0, 0}, {.2, 0}, {0, .2}}; {Cyan, Polygon[Dynamic[p]]} // Graphics Then adding (for example) ...
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How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?

Background: I use code from An Efficient Test For A Point To Be In A Convex Polygon Wolfram Demonstration to check if a point ( mouse pointer ) is in a ( convex ) polygon. Clearly this code fails for ...
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Code to draw geometry doesn't run

I'm new to Mathematica and have no background whatsoever in programming, although I will teach myself soon. I was wondering if one of you programming pros could help me out. I received a code from ...
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Finding concave hull for separated small clusters

Data : data3D = Import[file, "VertexData"]; Graphics3D[Point[data3D]] How to find concave polygon for separated small clusters.
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Finding a Concave Hull

I have a 3d clustered data: Is there any other way to get concavehull of 3D data points?
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Build a refined grid based on intersecting line

I honestly have no idea where to begin with this problem. In summary, I have a 2D coarse grid with an intersecting line. For an easy example, let's assume it's a 4x4 grid. I wish to pass through ...
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Mathematica function intersection points with 3D grid

I need to produce a 3-dimensional equispaced grid over a given function in a way, that I can calculate intersection points of the function with the grids edges. So my first question is how to produce ...
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Circuit drawing in Mathematica

This past semester I taught an introductory electromagnetism course and had quite a nice time using Mathematica to draw all sorts of figures and diagrams (mostly for problems and etc.). However, I was ...
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How to process .vtk file

I want to extract the cluster of points inside 3D box, is there any way one can do this in Mathematica?
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Construct a simple mesh or tetrahedral mesh from 3D image surface

I have a 3D Y-Shape hollow tube, not so good surface. Import["http://dl.dropbox.com/u/68983831/tube02.vtk", "Graphics3D"] I tried to use following vertex data ...
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Generating a non-convex polyhedron from a list of vertex coordinates

I want to include a figure in a paper I am writing on Combinatorial Geometry which features a non-convex polyhedron given by the following vertices, EDIT: I was unaware that Mathematica could convert ...
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How to calculate volume of convex hull and volume of a 3D object

I have a set of random 3D data points. How can I calculate the volume of the convex hull?
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How can I calculate a jigsaw puzzle cut path?

I want to generate a path to cut an arbitrary shape into a set of jigsaw puzzle pieces. All pieces must be unique to preclude placing a piece in the wrong spot. Pieces must be interlocking such that ...
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Proving inequalities with Mathematica

Question summary: I would like to learn some tips and tricks on how to prove inequalities with Mathematica. I'm studying various inequalities in triangle that have the form $R+ar + bs\geq 0$, where ...
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Implementing Central Symmetry

I'm interested in implementing symmetry groups. So it would be useful to have central symmetry (isometry transformation). There are built-in functions: ...
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Distances between points in periodic cube

How can one implement more efficiently/elegantly/memory savvily the following function which returns a matrix of all Euclidian distances between points in 3D within a cube of width ...
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How to peel the labels from marmalade jars using Mathematica?

How can I detect and peel the label from the jar below (POV, cylinder radius, jar contents are all unknown) to get something like this, which is the original label before it was stuck on the jar? ...
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Computing the genus of an algebraic curve

How-to compute the genus of an algebraic curve in Mathematica ? In my case the algebraic curve is explicitly defined by a polynomial.