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DiscretizeGraphics and BoundaryDiscretizeGraphics Fail on CapsuleShape and SphericalShell

It seems the new Graphics3D primitives have some incomplete features. Earlier, I uncovered a problem with computing their exact surface area see here. Now, I ...
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Why is RegionMeasure so slow when calculating intersection area of a 2D and a 3D object?

If you think this description is too long, you can read the problem directly I know normally when one wants to calculate an region, this guide is useful. However, when it comes to calculating an ...
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Fractal dimension of a large networked molecular system

I am trying to determine the fractal dimension of this complex biomolecule (figure attached). Any clues as to how this can be done. In trying to determine this quantity, I wonder how its ...
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How to make sure polygon is drawn flat in 3D?

Bug introduced in 8.0 or earlier and fixed in 10.4 I'm working on this SE question about pentagrams on top of dodecahedron for exercising. Both solutions are basically connecting different sets of ...
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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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Finding corresponding vertex from 3d to 2d

I have this simple 3d data points: ...
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Exporting 2D & 3D graphics for use in Adobe Illustrator

I have recently (perhaps since Mathematica Version 10?) encountered a change in how PDF images are saved and how they behave after being loaded into Adobe Illustrator (v16.0.4 under Mac OS X 10.10.5). ...
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How to export 3D graphics to Collada (.dae) format?

I'm looking for a way to export 3D graphics objects to the Collada (.dae) format. I need an automated way, i.e. using Blender to manually convert from another ...
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How to add an outline around a closed 3D surface?

I would like to add a black outline (silhouette) all around a closed surface. Here's a MWE code to work with : ...
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BoundaryMeshRegion::buncl error in V 10.1, that works ok in V 10.0.2

This code works ok in V 10.0.2 (from a post I was looking at here) I noticed what seems to be a regression bug. This code works in version 10.0.2 on windows 7 ...
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How to define a custom 2/3D graphic primitive like built-in?

There are lots of basic graphic-pimitive in Mathematica, such as 2D- pimitive: Line[], Circle[], Disk[] and 3D-pimitive: ...
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Problem exporting Graphics3D into PDF

When I try to export some Graphics3D, like this one: into a PDF file I get a bad appearance like this: It's possible to fix? Steps to reproduce the problem: ...
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3D orbits of moons around their respective planets

I have seen a lot of solar system models (both animated and not), but I am trying to replicate the same thing with moons. Either just one planet and its lunar system or the our whole solar system with ...
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ClipPlanes on Translated 3D objects crash front end

Bug introduced in 10.1 or earlier and persists through 10.4.1 Applying Translate to a simple 3D object (e.g. Pyramid) along ...
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Color Snapping When Using VertexColors with a Tube with BSplineCurve as an Argument

I think I've identified a bug in how VertexColors are treated when rendering a Tube object where the underlying data is a ...
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How can I define a 3d-body through different views? [closed]

In one of the maths blogs I follow I stumbled upon the following question: The bottom, side, and front views of an object are shown below: How would the object look in three dimensions? My ...
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How can I stop the blinking when rotating a Graphics3D? [closed]

I wrote a function interactiveDesign that returns different Graphics3D items in a list. Then I call the function ...
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Projecting Reference Lines in a SmoothHistogram3d Surface

What is the best way to draw a path (red color, dashed) along the surface of the smoothHistogram3D. Assume the paths desired to be the X=0 and Y=0 Axes. ...
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How can i construct a 3D surface pass through a curve defined by formula and some other controllable points?

For example, If a have a curve defined by x^2+y^2=1 and z=0, and some isolated points having z coordinates, Can I construct a 3D surface passed through? It's better if I can change the surface shape ...
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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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Don't understand why Mathematica is complaining about my Graph expression; how can I fix it?

The Tube in Arrow problem is fixed in version 10. Note that in version 10 Graph3D must be ...
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How to add texture to a parametric plot?

I need to put some simple textures to some parametric plots. My textures are not complicated, They are like the first example in here. Is there any simple way of doing this? For example, How can I ...
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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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Need 4D plot (3D + color for function) [duplicate]

I have a function f(x,y,z) of three variables and some constants: ...
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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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Rotating 3DPlot into animated gif

I'm trying to make an animated gif of a 3D plot by rotating the plot in its middle, around a vertical axis. I used the tricks gave by F'x and Heike in this thread autorotating 3D plot but I ...
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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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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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Visualize scalar field $f(x,y,z)$ in three dimension

I am trying to visualize scalar field in three dimension generated from some simulations with tuples $(x, y, z, w)$ where $w=f (x, y, z)$. Here is my first attempt ...
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Choosing which edges of the box to show in 3D graphics

Is there a way to explicitly choose which edges of the bounding box to show when plotting something with Boxed->True? For instance, a plot like ...
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Breaking down a 3D model into patches

I have a 3D model, say the Stanford bunny, which is available in Mathematica examples. Import[ "http://exampledata.wolfram.com/bunny.noff.gz" ] Also ...
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Plot3D constrained to a non-rectangular region

I would like to make a nice 3D graphic of a parabolic bowl, with a cylindrical rim. If I do the following: Plot3D[x^2 + y^2, {x, -3, 3}, {y, -3, 3}] I get a ...
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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 make a 2D plot of 3 variables (sample picture attached)

Is it possible to plot that kind of graph in Mathematica? (picture attached) If yes, it can be used to visualise a simple "balance system" of the form: X = f[e]; ...
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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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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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Why does Arrow not work well with Scaled coordinates in 3D?

Bug introduced in 8.0 and fixed in 10.4 or earlier. I am a little puzzled by the fact that if I try to use Arrow with Scaled ...
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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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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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How to draw curvy arrow at the edge of a cylinder

I would like to draw a figure similar to the attached here. What I ended up with is the following figure. I use the code: ...
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Graphics3D and Bit Depth of Rendering

A year or so ago, I sent this question to WRI (nb- a former employer of mine) and, as happens with bug-reports-that-arent-bug-reports, it was swallowed into the black hole that is Chambanna. So- I ...
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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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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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How can I export 3D plots as vector graphics? [duplicate]

Consider the following simple example code: plot3D = ListPlot3D[{{0, 0, 1}, {1, 0, 0}, {0, 1, 0}}, Mesh -> All]; Export["plot3D.pdf", plot3D] As clearly seen, ...
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Possible Bug with Options in DelaunayMesh

Bug introduced in 10.2 and persisting through 10.4 Update: It turns out after some testing, none of the Options work in ...
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Performance tuning - Explicitly set Mathematica use Nvidia GPU for rendering

I feel hesitated to ask this question, but I cannot figure out a way to increase the performance. The problem is about running this featured example on a computer with both Intel HD GPU and Nvidia ...
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How can I draw a hyperboloid given its generatrix?

I want to see how a hyperboloid of revolution is generated by its generatrix, i.e. by rotating one (say the one passing point $(1,0,0)$ and $(0,1,1)$) of the skew lines around another (say the z ...
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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 ...