I am trying to find out how to plot a curve (or a more general area) on the surface of an object illustrated by RegionPlot3D.

Assume for example I plot a sphere


and I now want to add an illustration of all points that are on the sphere plus satisfy a further condition (such as y = 0 or even y>0). Does somebody know a way to do this?

I want to apply this to a slighty more complicated situation, so a general answer that doesn't depend on the exact type of geometry would be best!

  • $\begingroup$ Closely related. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 10:26
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    – kglr
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 3:01

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One way is to use Mesh options as follows:

legends = {{SwatchLegend[{Green}, {Style["  y  >  0 ", 16]}], 
   Right}, {LineLegend[{Red}, {Style["y == 0", 16]}], Right}}; 

Legended[RegionPlot3D[x^2 + y^2 + z^2 <= 1, {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, {z, -1, 1}, 
  MeshFunctions -> {#2 &}, Mesh -> {{0}}, MeshStyle -> Directive[Red, Thick], 
  MeshShading -> {Automatic, Green}, PlotStyle -> Opacity[.5]], legends]

enter image description here

Another example:

meshf = 3 Sin[# #2 #3] + Cos[#2 #3] - 1 &;
mesh = {-.1};
RegionPlot3D[x^2 + y^2 + z^2 <= 1, {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, {z, -1, 1}, 
 MeshFunctions -> {meshf }, Mesh -> {mesh}, 
 MeshStyle -> Directive[Red, Thick], 
 MeshShading -> {Automatic, Opacity[.7, Green]}, PlotPoints -> 100, 
 PlotStyle -> Opacity[.5]]

enter image description here

And with

meshf = Evaluate[Sum[Sin[RandomReal[5, 3].{#, #2, #3}], {7}]] &;
mesh = {-1, 0, 1};;

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ This looks like a very nice idea! I will try this. However the reason I was saying "more general area" is because I tend to believe that my extra condition, stated as F(x,y,z)=c, does not describe a curve, but rather a mixture between curves, surface areas and points. This is only applicable for conditions that describe a curve on my object, do I understand that correctly? $\endgroup$
    – Banana
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 7:35
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    $\begingroup$ @LiftingBanana, it would be helpful if you post and example of F(x,y,z) = c describing something other than a curve. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 7:47
  • $\begingroup$ @klgr Unfortunately I can't think of any, at the moment, as I don't know the geometry of my problem (which is why I was looking for the plotting methods). I can imagine such situations geometrically though. I will try what you added as it seems very promising and tune back in if it shouldn't work. Thank you very much for the detailed mesh examples! $\endgroup$
    – Banana
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 8:55
  • $\begingroup$ @LiftingBanana, my pleasure. Welcome to mma.se. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 8:57

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