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How should a beginner figure out the context to use an expert answer provided on this forum?

J.M.'s answer to Extruding along a path related to custom cross-sections appears to answer a question I have been puzzling over for some time. I am interested in producing a tube with the stadium or ...
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Generating stripes on a polygon

I want to create a Graphics3D polygon that has stripes on it. My code is ...
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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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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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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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three-dimensional graphic objects that are not simple cuboids

I am trying to draw some graphics with Mathematica. The objects I want to draw are just a little bit more complex than a cuboid -- the difference being that the top and bottom faces are of different ...
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Drawing a torus not bounding a solid torus

I am trying to make a "pretty" picture of a torus in $\mathbb{R}^3$ which does not bound a solid torus. The standard way of constructing such a thing is to first take a non-trivial torus knot: ...
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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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Embedding StreamPlot in Graphics3D

I am trying to visualise the action of the infinitesimal generator of a Lie group on the solution of a 2-ODE system drawn in the 3D space (t,y1,y2): t is time and y1,y2 are the two dependent ...
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Switching among view points in a Manipulate expression

Edit: Some additional viewpoints were included to make it easier to test. Here's code for an alternative function, the graph of which is a bit less symmetric. Feel free to use either code set: ...
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Drawing a quadrangular surface

Is there a way to draw a quadrangular surface in Mathematica so that it shows the bilinear term (not two triangles)? The quadrangular polygon is given by the expression $$\phi = \sum_i^4 N_i U_i$$ ...
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How can we get this infinite prism lattice to look more like `PolyhedronData[{“Prism”, 3}]`?

This is D$_3$h prism with order 12 (8 currently, needs 4 more edges) and rotational symmetry D$_3$ with order 6. A d=11 version is shown here. Using this code: ...
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How can I get this Graphics3D to rotate around a particular sphere?

I made this Graphics3D of the Sun with the plotted orbits of a few astronomical objects. ...
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Integration of Two Manipulatable Cylinders

Introduction I created the following code to simulate the many possible interactions between a cylindrical protein crystal and a x-ray beam during serial femtosecond crystallography. ...
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How to create 3D architectural models in this shape with interactive faces?

I am a non-technical person in the imageProcessing side,so I don't have any idea how can I make polygon in the below shape... the above polygon is a 3D ...
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Why does Arrow not work well with Scaled coordinates in 3D?

I am a little puzzled by the fact that if I try to use Arrow with Scaled coordinates in 3 dimensions the arrowheads are all over ...
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How to remove a black border around Graphics3D[Texture[…]]

So I can create a 2D image that looks 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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Exporting a 3D plot into a 3D viewing format and axis scaling

I've been trying to export a Plot3D into an X3D (JVX, VRML) file using the Mathematica's Export function. The problem is that when the PlotRange is large compared to the other two dimensions the ...
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Graphics3D model of the human body and organs?

Does someone have a 3D model for a man (or woman) that can be displayed in Mathematica using Graphics3D? I have tried importing free .3DS models but they look ...
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ListPointPlot3d to visualize points close to a manifold

I have a large set of points that are close to manifold which I want to show in a ListPointPlot3D. Using part of the data set illustrates this there are fewer ...
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axis label and ticks alignment of ListPlot3D and Histogram3D

I have a question on axis label alignment of ListPlot3D and Histogram3D. These labels are not aligned with the axis of the view, but only horizontally. I have tried very hard to align them manually, ...
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How can I make sure that 3D plots have the exact same orientation and viewpoint?

First off, I apologize that I can't come up with a simpler working example, but I only seem to have this problem with the larger examples. I am trying to make animations, using functions like the ...
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How can I model composite 3D structures?

I know that Mathematica isn't built to model 3D, but most of my models are equation-defined so here's my question: is it somehow possible to combine ad-hoc 3D objects as well as ...
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Efficient drawing of convex polyhedron given a set of points [duplicate]

I have a set of points in the 3D space and I want to draw the bounding convex polyhedron of those points. A very naïve solution would be to draw a triangle between every three points: ...
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Transparent Cylinder with Dashed Edges only

I would like to have that kind of cylinder with Dashed edges (including the bellow inner ring): I've been trying that: ...
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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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Text Annotation Disappears in Wrapped 3D Graphics

In a 3D graphic, if I wrap a figure, for example, ...
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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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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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Point style in ListPointPlot3D

In ListPointPlot3D, it seems the only point style available is the default, because there is no PlotMarkers option for this ...
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Am I missing the point of ViewCenter?

Based on this description of 3D graphics and the associated Wolfram Training video, I anticipated that using the mouse to rotate the graphic below would rotate around the point where the three ...
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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 8s whose centers are aligned along the 3D curve? Say the curve was: ...
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How to rotate 3D graphics in ListAnimate … without making a mess?

Manipulate is, of course, wonderful … but there are LOTS of examples that are simply far too computationally intensive to use live real-time animations for. In such ...
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How can I use multiple Textures in Graphics3D

I am creating a Graphics3D object for a box using 6 Polygons (1 per side). I can use one single Texture on one or more sides but I can not find a way to use different Textures for different sides of ...
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How to minimize the distance between two curves in 3D

I'm trying to find the shortest distance between r(t) and rm(t), at a certain time t. I could not get it using EuclideanDistance, any guess on how to do that? Here is what I have: ...
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Rotation of Graphics3D like rotating Plot3D

I like the way 3D plots are rotated with the z-axis always pointing up-down. Is there an elegant way of forcing that type of rotation on Graphics3D? I have tried the following: Using an invisible ...
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“Show” with Manipulate runs fine normally, but gives errors as a CDF

I've simplified my code to what can reproduce my error. Basically, I have two lines: ...
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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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Remove the white margins of a Graphics3D figure

If the option Boxed is set to be False in Graphics3D, additional white margins may appear as ...
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Manipulating a Graphics3D output with a large number of geometric primitives

I'm attempting to view and rotate a Graphics3D object with a very large set of geometric primitives ($\approx 10^6$ objects such as spheres or lines), and everything is functioning very slowly. Are ...
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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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Problem with ViewVector

I am trying to have a satellite (camera) move around the earth (unit sphere) and take picture of the earth. The satellite keeps constant distance from the earth, and always looks toward earth center. ...
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Animation of tube with fixed height

the problem is following: my task is to make an animation: tube changes its radius but doesn't change its height. With command ...
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10bits per rgb / 1024 shades of gray?

Can we display 10 bits per rgb in Mathematica? I'm using a quadro card and 30 bit monitor and can get a smooth gradient using Psychtoolbox in matlab. The following Mathematica should produce a bar ...
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combined 3D graphics with no interface

I'd like to combine several 3D graphics, but the interface, indicated by the arrow in the figure attached between them is alway present. How to eliminate it? Thanks in advance. Here is my example: ...
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How to get Mathematica to draw soft edges?

I need to create some black and white illustrations for which I use Glow[White]. Unfortunately this makes soft edges disappear, so objects blend into the ...
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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: ...