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Building a molecule viewer: aesthetic rotations

I am working on building a molecule viewer in Mathematica and am running in to problems with controlling rotation of the molecule (which is rendered as a ...
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Poor Graphics3D rendering

I am rendering a world environment simulation in Mathematica with Graphics3D code: ...
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How to maintain a smooth surface in CDFs while playing? [duplicate]

I created a CDF for viewing the Möbius Band, and its generation. https://www.dropbox.com/s/e3af0xelbbqjfhd/Cinta_Moebious_Rafa.cdf But: 1.- When it´s PAUSED the surface is soft and you can see with ...
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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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3D bubble textures in Bread (and other solids)

Bread has a bubbly texture that I would like to be able to recreate using Mathematica. Here are some examples of bubble textures: Bread Swiss cheese Foam Note that most of the ...
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Distance between 3D curves

I would like to determine the distance bewteen two representations of the Lorenz Attractor. I have two 3D representations for different initial conditions and I want to calculate the distance between ...
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Assigning colors to Graphics3D objects from an ordered list

I'd like to draw a set of spheres with colors assigned from a defined set. To provide an example, say I wish to draw a set of three spheres of radius 2 at the positions: {{6, 5, 10}, {1, 4, 20}, {2, ...
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Projection of a set of 4D points to the 3D space

Consider the following set of points in the 4D space: ...
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How to draw tiles with different height?

I have a random matrix RandomReal[{1, 2}, {20, 20}], whose elements represent the heights of an array of tiles. The cross sections of each tile are square and ...
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How can I use Manipulate[] to click on a Graphics3D output and generate $(x,y)$ outputs on a projection plane parallel to my screen?

Say I have some Graphics3D object that I'm looking at from a top down perspective, e.g.: ...
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How do I automatically “trim” the bounding box for a Graphics3D output? [duplicate]

I noticed that, provided some Graphics3D output scaled with ImageSize, I can get rid of a lot of the empty space around the graphic by right-clicking and then selecting "Trim Bounding Box". Thinking ...
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Does it make sense to ask for the color of a Graphics3D “voxel”?

Say I generate some Graphics3D object, e.g.: Graphics3D[{Red, Sphere[{0, 0, 0}, 1], Blue, Sphere[{1, 0, 0}, 1]}] Does it make sense to ask for the color of a ...
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Anti-aliasing won't work when there is PlotStyle command

I've found that if there is PlotStyle command in the input, anti-aliasing will not work. However if the Style code is ...
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How to show wireframes on imported Object / Mesh (.obj file)

I've managed to import a Wavefront (.obj) file and store it in a variable like so: ...
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Not getting anti-aliasing with BarChart3D [duplicate]

When I put Antialiasing -> True in a BarChart3D, it doesn't work. Here is the code. ...
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How do I draw a hemisphere?

I want to draw a solid or partially transparent hemisphere above a partially transparent cuboid object in Graphics3D. However, I do not know how to do this s.t. only half the sphere is drawn. Here's ...
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Outputting a set of graphics 3D objects with positions defined by one array and colors by another? [duplicate]

I have a set of 2- or 3-space coordinates in an array, $(v_1,...,v_N)$, and an array of RGB color values (outputs from ImageValue[]) for each coordinate, $(c_1,...,c_N)$. How can I output a ...
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Drawing Cylindrical Segment with Graphics3D

For a visualization I need a combination of 3 Cylindrical segments to visualize the incident, reflected and refracted beam of light at a surface. I got as far as the following code. ...
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Generating a “flare” effect in Graphics3D?

I'm attempting to indicate that there is a point-source of light at some position in a Graphics3D-generated image. Is there any built-in tool to do this? My patch-work solution thus far has been to ...
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Representing a Stencil of a Finite Difference Operator with Mathematica's Graphics3D

I have the following finite difference operator: $$ Lu_{ijk}:= du_{ijk} +c(u_{i-1,j,k} + u_{i+1,j,k} + u_{i,j-1,k} + u_{i,j+1,k} + u_{i,j,k-1} + u_{i,j,k+1})\\ -u_{i-1,j+1,k}-u_{i-1,j-1,k} - ...
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Find points on the surface of a Graphics3D object

If I have a Graphics3D object that was generated from manipulations to PolyhedronData rather than via an explicit equation, for example the Spikey (for which the entire code can be found here The ...
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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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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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Arrow pointing upwards in a Graphics3D

I am trying to write a code for an arrow that points upwards from the center of the circle in a Graphics3D. ...
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How can a 3DBarChart be made to be fixed size and proportions?

I have a 3DBarChart that adds bar graphs as would be required by the dataset, but as it gets wider runs off the page and can not be printed. Is there a way to fix the height & width of the ...
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Combining Image3D and Graphics3D

I want to combine an Image3D and a Graphics3D using Show. Here is the code: ...
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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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Including two ListLinePlots in a 3D graphic

I have two lists of data which I am plotting on two ListLinePlots. I would like to have these two plots appear perpendicular to each other on a 3D graphic. I have ...
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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 to plot a 3D surface with a simple black and white style?

Mathematica has great plotting capabilities. However, sometimes what is needed is a very basic black and white plot without textures, lighting, glow and other complex features. So, here is my ...
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Plot 2D Vector function in 3D

I want to plot a 2D vector function such as $F(x,y) = (a(x,y),\,b(x,y))$ in a 3D graph so that the vectors are embedded in the xy plane. I tried to do the following: First I defined a piecewise ...
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How do I remove this awkward plane? [duplicate]

Using Plot3D, I tried to plot $x^3 + y^3+3xy=z$ ...
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OpenGl Z-Order Equivalent in Mathematica?

I am trying to draw the arrows in this picture on top of the two parallel plates. In OpenGL I would just set the 4th coordinate the z-order to be closer. Any ideas how to draw them on top in ...
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How can you show data in a CDF Animate Graphic?

I want to show (dynamically) the curvature and torsion in a CDF to understand the quantitative measure of any points. Do you know what I have to do to show data in a ...
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Mathematica for teaching orthographic projection

Edit: All the four answers to this question are great, and if you're interested, you should take a look at all the answers. Nevertheless, belisarius' code was accepted since it was closest to what I ...
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FindClusters for 3D Pancake/Platelet Shapes

I'm looking to properly cluster a dataset of roughly 3 million data points in 3-space. The shapes form closely spaced "clusters" that resemble pancakes. Here is a downsampled dataset: ...
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How can I fill a curve in ParametricPlot3D?

I'd like to fill a curve in a ParametricPlot3D in the same way as I might with ListPointPlot3D; i.e., ...
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Why doesn't Translate work with PolyhedronData? [closed]

I am trying to view dodecahedrons distributed around a space, but the above code fails. The expression ...
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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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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 can I mesh a solid cylinder with triangular or tetrahedral elements

I need to plot triangular mesh on a cylinder. However the function Cylinder doesn't have a mesh option. By using ...
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How can I randomly color Graphics3D objects?

I have a set of Graphics3D primitives (here, spheres) which I would like to assign either: (1) One of a subset of colors, e.g. {Green, Red} (2) A random color over some RGB interval Writing ...
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How do I remove a bounding box (i.e. set Boxed -> False) after rendering a 3D graphic?

I have an old notebook with an output from Graphics3D, however, I've lost the data behind the output and recomputing it would take days. I simply want to remove the bounding box Mathematica usually ...
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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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Radial Random Walk

I'm trying to generate a spherical distribution of radial random walk points in 3D space. The following code works, but the random walk lines aren't radial. Why ? Where is my mistake ? ...
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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 do I stop my joystick from rotating a 3D graphic?

I am trying to use Mathematica to illustrate mixed strategies in Game Theory. I want my students to be able to use common joysticks as controllers. What I find, however, is that in addition to doing ...
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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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How do I add a color bar to a 3D plot?

I tried Plot3D[Exp[-x^2 - y^2], {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, ColorFunction -> (ColorData["TemperatureMap"][#3] &), PlotLegends -> Automatic] in an attempt ...
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Text Annotation Disappears in Wrapped 3D Graphics

In a 3D graphic, if I wrap a figure, for example, ...