Suppose I am using SliceContourPlot3D to plot the contours of $x^2$ a sphere of radius $R$:

Module[{R, sphere},

 R = 1;
 sphere = x^2 + y^2 + z^2 == R^2;

 SliceContourPlot3D[x^2, sphere, {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, {z, -1, 1}]


If $R=1$ this looks like:

Plot for R=1

If I set $R=0.1$ however the contour lines disappear: Plot for R=0.1

I can't find a way to get the contours to appear. Rescaling the function $x^2\rightarrow\frac{x^2}{R^2}$ doesn't do anything, neither does increasing the PerformanceGoal, number of Contours, or PlotPoints. How can I make the contours show up even for a small object?

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    $\begingroup$ Moreover, even the sphere becomes invisible if you will set R=0.001. The step of contours by default is big enough for your case. Try to add the Contours->{0.001} $\endgroup$
    – Rom38
    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:34
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    $\begingroup$ add the options Contours->Range[-.01,.01,.0005], PlotPoints->100, and PlotRange->All? $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot Rom38 and kglr, manually setting the step size of the contours fixed it. $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2018 at 6:48
  • $\begingroup$ @chris, posted an answer. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jun 4, 2018 at 8:26

1 Answer 1


Adding the options PlotRange->All, PlotPoints->100, and Contours-> Range[-.1,.1,.01]^2 gives

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