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How to convert a 2D image into a 3D graphics?

I have an image I would like to make into a .dxf and to do this I need a Graphics3D object. Is there anyway I can do this? Can ...
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How can locators be added to the points on a 3D grid?

Here is a pared down example of some 3D data that I want to make dynamic and add locators to each set of points. Is that possible? ...
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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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My donut has holes in it!

More than one hole, I mean… I’m trying to export from Mathematica into the X3D format, with the longer term goal of generating 3D figures for PDF inclusion. But I'm stuck at the first step: ...
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How to create a simple cross eyed 3d plot

I wanted to create a stereoscopic view of my threedimensional plots, so I can interpret them better. The basic things, one would need, are two plot windows which are somehow connected to each other ...
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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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Is there a way to interactively read a point from a Graphics3D?

Suppose I have a tesselation, e.g. the Stanford bunny: bunny = Import["http://graphics.stanford.edu/~mdfisher/Data/Meshes/bunny.obj", "OBJ"] I'd like to be ...
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How to make a 3D plot auto-rotate?

When doing presentation with Mathematica, I often want a 3D plot to rotate automatically, so the 3D feeling is stronger. I don't want to drag the mouse every time. So, I want a general function like ...
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Histogram3D frame ticks with bin text labels rendered in x-y plane?

Is it possible in Histogram3D to substitute frame ticks text labels and have the layout in x-y plane? Starting with a ...
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ListContourPlot and ListContourPlot3D use better interpolation for arrays of values than for lists of tuples (i.e. {{x,y,z,f[x,y,z]}..}

From reading the documentation, it seems that ListContourPlot3D should work equally well on an array versus a list of tuples, ?ListContourPlot3D ...
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Filling between two 3D surfaces

I know it is possible to create a filling in between two curves on a 2D plot, but is it possible to do the same in 3D? My attempt like this: ...
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Axes Origin & Labels in 3D Plot

I'm looking for a way to have the axes at the origin in a 3D plot and to label the (x,y,z) axes in the usual way---with x near the end of the drawn portion of the x axis, y near the end of the drawn ...
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Slice through Graphics3D

is there any possibility to slice through a Graphics3D object? At the end I would like to have a stack of images slicing , e.g. $n$ times in $z$-direction: $((x,y,z_{0}), (x,y,z_{1}),…,(x,y,z_{n}))$ ...
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Synchronizing manual rotations for multiple Graphics3D outputs?

Say I make a set of three Graphics3D images, here of three different cones, by evaluating: ...
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Smooth 4D (3D + color) plot from discrete points

I have a file containing isosurface $\{x,y,z,F\}$ data (around 9000 points). My goal is to generate a smooth (NOT a discrete set of points!) colored surface using ...
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generating randomly oriented non-intersecting cylinders

I could not find anything relevant with "googling" (only this) I can create a set of randomly oriented cylinders (code found here) ...
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How to Plot Prism in Graphics3D

I want to create an image of a rectangular prism, but there is no built-in primitive for it. One method to display a prism is shown in whubers's answer to Mathematica for teaching orthographic ...
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Plotting Semi-hollow spheres [duplicate]

I wish to create a nice data representation of three nested spherical sections, with a cut away so they can be viewed. As a MWE, something like; ...
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How to label axes in 3D plot adequately?

The following code produces plot with axes labels, which are jumping constantly. ...
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Using ChemicalData to make molecule graphics

$\require{mhchem}$I would like to take the acetone $\cf{((CH3)2CO)}$ and chloroform $\cf{(HCCl_3)}$ molecules that Mathematica's chemical data provides, and plot them together. I want to show how ...
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random discrete data 3D plot

I get the random discrete data as follows ...
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About Slicing through Graphics3D

Recently I have seen a code in mathematica about Slicing through Graphics3D in Slice through Graphics3D. My questions is: Is it possible to fill out these spheres? I have problem with generating ...
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plotting 3d points: z-axis is squashed [duplicate]

I am plotting 3D points and it occurs to me that Mathematica doesn't have an easy way to specify my points to be plotted in a uniformly scaled cartesian space. For example I plotted ...
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Import Excel sheet into 3D array?

I have an excel spreadsheet that I would like to plot in a 3D graph using mathematica. The X and Y values are the location of the cell, and the Z value is the number of the scale. How can I import ...
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Tubes on spiral - Graphics 3D

Now I am working on something like this: ...
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Mathematica and POV-Ray workflow (Q&A)

A couple of years ago, Alexey Popkov asked this question: Which ray tracing software is compatible with Graphics3D? It is my opinion, for various reasons, that out of the many ray tracing programs ...
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Trying to Visualize a Collatz - The Collatz conjecture

I happen to have this collatz collatz[x_, y_] := If[x == 3*y || x == 2*y + 1 || y == 3*x || y == 2*x + 2, 2, 0] So i want a visual 3D adjacency graph of my ...
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Random polyhedra walk

I would like to recreate ssch's random polyhedra random walk, which he posted in the chat. For convenience here it is again: This is my best attempt so far: You can download the notebook with ...
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On drilling holes with minimal redundancy (and with colors!)

The old Mathematica package Graphics`Shapes` featured the function PerforatePolygons[], which drilled a hole in any ...
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How to plot a figure like this

I saw a beautiful figure illustrating the optical lattice clock, and would like to make a similar one. This is the figure (taken from here) Is it possible to make a similar one using Mathematica? ...
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How to draw a higher-genus surface

NB: By higher-genus surface, I mean a closed orientable surface of genus at least 2. This question has come up before on math.SE, and even MathOverflow, but most posters suggested using either ...
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How to get UV mapping of 3D tube

Here is cylinder data: file We can mesh the surface, thanks to lalmei, Belisarius and Simon (link) How to achieve uv mapping from a 3d straight and curved tube? Working code: ...
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How to improve these WASD + mouse look 3D controls?

Insipred by this question and the corresponding answer I've written a code for full-screen exploration of 3D scenes using standard WASD and mouse look controls. Here it is. ...
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Add lines to 3D Plot

How can I add lines that demarcate the different regions of the following 3D plot: Plot3D[1/(1 + E^(-a - c)), {a, -8, 8}, {c, -8, 8}] To give you an idea of what ...
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Moving polygon on path curve to create 3D shape

How can I move some polygon list = {{0, 0}, {0, 15}, {7, 13}, {2, 13}, {2, 5}, {5, 5}, {5, 3}, {2,3}, {2, 0}}; Graphics[{Black, Polygon[list]}] so it follow some ...
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Unintended edge extensions in 3D Cube rendering

Bug introduced in 7.0.1 or earlier -- persists through 10.0.1 or later I have arranged a certain configuration of cubes in 3D using the following code: ...
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Graphics3D: Opacity limitations

Trying to make a better-looking globe model, I start off with something like this To enhance the 3D effect, I want the lines further from the eye to be "grayer" than the lines closer to the eye, as ...
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Construct 3D image from multiple 2D images

My goal: How to (1) construct 3D image for visualization. (2) how to write 3D array or image into binary raw file. Is there a way to accomplish this in Mathematica? Alternative_Answer for: ...
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Plotting a 2D shape along a 3D parametric function curve

Say I have a 3D curve that is parametrically defined. How would I be able to plot shapes like figure 8's whose centers are aligned along the 3D curve? Say the curve was: ...
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Quality control when exporting graphics into JPG

If I export a graphics from Mathematica to JPG format the image quality in JPG is visibly lower than that in Mathematica. Is it possible to control and eventually increase the quality of the exported ...
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Plotting All Possible Points Belonging to a Group Orbit

Given that $$X = \{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 |\, x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - 2(xy + xz + yz) = k\}\,,$$ where $k$ is a constant. Also given that a group $G$ is represented by $$\langle g_1,g_2,g_3|\, g_1^2 = ...
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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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Is it possible to assign different colors to parts of an .obj file?

There are four different cubes in an .obj file. After loaded into Mathematica, is it possible to assign four random colors to the cubes? ...
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How do I display the plane of best fit in 3D?

I'm trying to display the plane of best fit in the same 3D-box. Currently, I have the following code which spits out a plot of the points in 3D. I want to have a plane of best fit, can Mathematica do ...
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How to properly project a Graphics object consisting of line primitives

My problem starts from attempts at depicting overlapping lines of different thickness, i.e. ...
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Boundary effect of Graphics3D object Tube[]

I draw a Graphics3D object of two tubes: Graphics3D[{Tube[{{-0.2, -1, 0}, {-0.2, 1, 0}}, 0.05], Tube[{{0, 0, -1}, {0, 0, 1}}, 0.05]}, Boxed -> False] And ...
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How can I visualize 6 square matrices as a cube?

I have six square matrices of the same dimensions in a list, for example: ...
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How to render a 3D ellipsoid with Graphics3D?

With Graphics3D[Sphere[{0,0,0},1]] I can render a uniform 3D sphere, but how can I render an ellipsoid? I would need to specify the rotation of the ellipsoid and ...