I have an issue in Mathematica with the rendering of 3D graphics. Two sides (right and bottom) of some sort of bounding box are present, and, in the instance of Plot3D, for example, the labels are quite low in resolution. I have uninstalled Mathematica 10.1 (where I first noticed the problem), attempted to reset Mathematica to its default configuration by deleting both the Base Directory and the User Base Directory (as instructed here), and even installed a new, updated Mathematica 10.3 to no avail: the rendering problem persists. It only occurs on one computer that I use, so I'm not sure what the issue might be. I've included a couple of images to better illustrate the issue. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • $\begingroup$ What OS are you on? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ Windows. I've tried this on another identical-model laptop as well as other computers without this issue, so there's something seemingly specific to my configuration that is causing the problem. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ I have same issue in my window 7 system for long time. but in other machine with window 10 I don't have it. I remember I tried to solve it previously but I stopped. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ Try anti-aliasing? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 3:13
  • $\begingroup$ I would start by looking for an updated driver for your video card (which I imagine is from Intel). $\endgroup$
    – ihojnicki
    Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 15:41

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Works fine on my system, but you might try over-riding your ticks by:

Plot3D[x + y, {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5},
 TicksStyle -> Directive[Italic, 18]]


Graphics3D[Cuboid[], ImagePadding -> 50]
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the suggestion, David! Unfortunately, that does not help with the rendering issues. Though larger, the labels are still low resolution, and the two-sided "bounding box" is still there. Do you think it's something beyond Mathematica that is causing the issue? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 0:57
  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm.... I have never experienced that problem. I can only imagine that somehow your fonts are not properly installed. Try: TicksStyle -> Directive[Italic, 18, FontFamily -> "Times"]. Otherwise, I have no idea how to help. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 1:03
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, that also doesn't fix the issues. I appreciate your trying, though! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I should say that it's more than just the font rendering issue. There is also the issue of the unpleasant two-sided "bounding box". $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 1:10

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