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How to make a depth map from a 3D model?

Given a 3D .obj model, for example a rabbit. How can we make a depth map out of it? Any idea or help would be much appreciated.
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Interacting with 3D Graphics, for export [closed]

Are there any export formats which preserve the ability to interact with 3D Graphics? (In particular, the ability to rotate.) EDIT: I've found this question: How to make a 3D plot auto-rotate? ...
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How to vary line thickness to add a sense of perspective?

Is there a simple way to vary the line thickness relative to the viewpoint so as to add a sense of perspective? Take for example the following: ...
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Strange behavior of `BoundaryMeshRegion`

BoundaryMeshRegion is new function of version 10. I am not familiar with the function. I want to decide whether a point is inside or outside in the Boundary using ...
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How to define logical expressions for platonic solids?

A more general question would be: How to find logical expressions for 3D-objects described by closed polygon sets? Finally a simple question is more prolific, therefore: How to define logical ...
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How can I decide whether a closed surface is intersected by a triangle?

A closed surface consisted of Polygons or GraphicsComplex and a triangle made by 3 points are in a 3D space. How can I decide ...
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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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Determining the total illumination of a polygon

Is it possible to determine the total illumination of a particular polygon with the given light sources? I truly acknowledge that Mathematica is not supposed to do this modeling, but it is what ...
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How to “merge” various graphics 2d into one 3d graphic? [closed]

I did some calculations and as result got a 2D graphic, but at the beginning of the work I used a constant parameter. What I want is to make a 3D graphic with this parameter as an axis, varying from 1 ...
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Revolving an axisymmetric image for volumetric rendering

I have a series of axisymmetric images of a jellyfish swimming in fluid. Overlaid on these images are plots of the Lagrangian coherent structures associated with swimming, which highlight the fluid ...
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Ticks disappear in Graphics3D with Epilog

Normally, you can enable Graphics3D to show tick marks by doing this: Graphics3D[Sphere[], Axes -> True] But in ...
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Mathematica's “POV” export format ignores ColorFunction

I was playing with xslittlegrass's Pov-Ray package and more generally with the POV-conversion function ExportString[#, "POV"] &, and noticed that ...
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Internal self-test error MLParseStream|c|297

I have been plotting time-dependent vectors. Earlier I used the following plotting options: ...
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fragment loss with ContourPlot3D

I expect to have a chimney-look plot out of the function z = 1/(x^2 + y^2), but what I got is a broken one. Is there a way to get an intact plot from ...
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Getting messages Rest::norest and Divide::indet from ContourPlot3D

Note: The bug described in this post is found in Mathematica version 9 and seems to have been fixed in version 10. Ok I don't know if it's a bug or what, but here's what I found: If I use this ...
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Graphic using manipulate runs too slow

Here is a naive coding of a projection of a point on a sphere. It runs very slow. Can it be changed to run faster without losing its essential analytic character? ...
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How to draw a box with holes using Mathematica

How to draw these two(especially the second one) graphs using Mathematica? The curve is not important.The point is how to dig some holes in a cube. BTW, These two shapes are Homotopy.
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How to measure cross sectional area of Tube

I have modified my question to a simple version. I have vertex clusters, polygons and a list of center points. Attached pts and polygons of 3d tube are: ...
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Extrude 2D cross-section to 3D shape with shrinkfactor

I would like to create a 3D shape from extrusion and scaling of a 2D contour. The 2D contour that I have looks like this: and it consists of a bunch of points (here plotted with ...
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Finding Symmetries of Points on a Sphere

Currently, I am working on a project where I would like to find symmetries of points plotted on a sphere. One example would be to rotate the sphere 180 degrees about the x-axis and the picture would ...
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Error message: Coordinate index 0 is out of range for the enclosing GraphicsComplex

I am unable understand following error message: Coordinate index 0 is out of range for the enclosing GraphicsComplex. How to fix it? Attached data here: pts and polygons. See also end of question. ...
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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 draw a 3D convex hull of a set of points with styling

I´m trying to obtain the convex hull (with transparent faces) of a small number of points. I would like the Plot to have the points shown with small spheres numbers 1, 2, 3, ... along the axes ...
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Game of Life in 3D

Is there a three-dimensional cellular automaton that in some sense generalizes Conway's Game of Life? If so, how might we use the CellularAutomaton command to ...
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Are there built-in functions for testing if a point lies within Graphics3D primitives?

I noticed in this question, Behavior of Graphics`Mesh`InPolygonQ with self-intersecting polygons, that Mathematica has some "psuedo-hidden" functionality for allowing one to quickly perform a winding ...
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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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Increase 3D Graph thickness for 3D printing in Mathematica?

My code: Plot3D[{(2*x*y)/(x^2 + y^2)}, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}] Output: And now I can export this to STL by using the export STL command, however, when I try ...
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Graphics3D from Mathematica to SolidWorks (for 3D-printing)

I have an 3D Graphic generated with Mathematica's Graphics3D, and want to use it later in SolidWorks. SolidWorks files are usually *.stp, *.step, *.stl extentions. google search hasn't given me a ...
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Is Mathematica compatible with primusrun?

I use Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86 (64-bit). My computer has an Nvidia graphics card, for which I installed primus and ...
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Moving two Spheres in the Opposite Direction [closed]

We know that we can achieve to a box contained two spheres by the code: Graphics3D[Table[Sphere[{i, Mod[i^2, 10], Mod[i^3, 12]}], {i, 2}]] How can the left ...
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Coloring a set of polygons, each polygon to have a specific color

In addition to my previus post, regarding plotting the surface of a Möbius strip, I now realised, that some of the eigenmodes for a Möbius strip are either oscillations of a scalar field OR a vector ...
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Plotting a multivariable function [closed]

m[x_, y_] := 0.9*Exp[-((x - 1)^2 + (y - 1)^2)] + 0.5 Exp[-(3^2 ((x - 2.5)^2 + (y - 1.5)^2))] I'm trying to create a 3d plot for the function above. I tried ...
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How to color a BSplineSurface

I am trying to color a BSplineSurface in a complex way but not having any luck using ColorFunction. I can use ...
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How to construct a treemap using non-rectangles?

I've written the standard version of a tree map (a graphic that shows nested data) and I'm looking to improve on this layout by switching to different types of polygons or perhaps circles. Can anyone ...
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How can I get Inset to use ImageScaled, but preserve aspect ratio?

This code produces two identical images, despite the difference in the rectangles: ...
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Using ChemicalData to make molecule graphics

I would like to take the acetone $((CH_3)_2CO)$ and chloroform $(HCl_3)$ molecules that Mathematica's chemical data provides, and plot them together. I want to show how chloroform can hydrogen bond ...
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How can I suppress rotation of 3D graphics?

Given a 3D image built of a combination several Graphics3D objects, is it possible to suppress rotation of the displayed image by the mouse? To be specific, here ...
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Is there a way to increase the smoothness of a cylinder?

I am using Cylinder to produce wide flat disks (in Mathematica 8). This works just fine except that the circular base of such a cylinder turns out to be really just ...
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plotting 3d points: z-axis is squashed

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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How to draw an ellipse arc in 3D?

There is no Circle or Disk object in 3D. I quickly found a way to use Cylinder (thin lines, no faces, very flat): ...
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How to get shadows in Graphics3D?

It was a shock to me when I found that in Graphics3D a surface is always transparent to the light sources: ...
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using 'steps' in Manipulate

I want to make a 3D shape move through a specified graph; e.g. y = Sin[x], such that it moves up and down. My working so far has ...
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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 to represent the lines that are formed by the intersection of two planes?

I am trying to set up Brillouin zone and representing the lines that are formed by the intersection of two planes is part of my step. I have tried the sample sections from the graphics guide book, but ...
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How to control the layering of graphics displayed with Show

I am trying to combine two graphics objects using Show. The first one is an isosurface: ...
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Poor performance from Graphics3D

I wrote a game -- 2048,Some codes are from http://blog.wolfram.com/. My codes are in notebook downloads I added code so that the game can play in 3D form, but when I play it, I find that it is too ...
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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 ...