I had a quick question regarding tick placement in 3D plots. Is there a way to change the positioning the placement of ticks in ContourPlot3D? For instance, I want to place the ticks inwards although on the opposite edges of the box (opposite to the "default" settings). I am using Mathematica 12.3

A MWE would be:

ContourPlot3D[x^2 + y^2 + z^2 == 1, {x, 0, 1}, {y, 0, 1}, {z, 0, 1}, AxesLabel -> Automatic]

which produces (sans the hand-drawn ellipses)

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where the ticks are placed on the left and bottom edges ({y=0,z=0}, {x=0, z=1} and {x=0,y=0} edges). What if instead I want to place the axes ticks on edges given by ({y=0,z=0}, {x=1, z=0} and {x=1,y=1}), specifically the edges marked with the ellipses (one of them is the same as with the default options)?


  • $\begingroup$ ContourPlot3D[x^2 + y^2 + z^2 == 1, {x, 0, 1}, {y, 0, 1}, {z, 0, 1}, AxesLabel -> Automatic, AxesEdge -> {Automatic, {1, -1}, {1, 1}}] $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Aug 24, 2022 at 4:10
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    – Syed
    Aug 24, 2022 at 12:12

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Seems to be answered How could I located Ticks on certain ridge/edge in cube box in Graphics3D/Plot3D

The answer is to use AxesEdge option

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    $\begingroup$ Your answer would be more appropriate as a comment., I believe. $\endgroup$
    – bbgodfrey
    Aug 24, 2022 at 12:12

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