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I am trying to generate model of randomly distributed uniform spheres in the cube. For randomly distributed spheres I am using RandomReal option. But when I run the program I obtain a cube with several spheres located either inside each other or have intersections. Is there any way to make them apart and non-intersecting?

Here is a code of this problem:

cube = {Opacity[0.3], Cuboid[{0, 0, 0}, {20, 20, 20}]};
spheres = Table[{Green, Sphere[RandomReal[{1, 20-1}, 3], 1]}, {j, 1, 100}];
gr = Graphics3D[{cube, spheres}]

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    $\begingroup$ I'd use the code from the bottom of The Mathematica One-Liner Competition :p $\endgroup$ – Kuba Oct 7 '14 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ With your code I only see an average of about 3 collisions. Generate perhaps 110 spheres, eliminate collisions from the list and take the first 100. Should take you a fraction of a second and you are done. That probably slightly dirties your uniform distribution, but probably not enough to be able to detect. $\endgroup$ – Bill Oct 7 '14 at 18:14
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    $\begingroup$ 5478 $\endgroup$ – Kuba Oct 7 '14 at 18:20
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Keep a list of the locations you add - draw from a uniform distribution and only add to the list if it doesn't overlap.

cube = {Opacity[0.3], Cuboid[{0, 0, 0}, {20, 20, 20}]};

newLocation[existing_]:= Module[{try,count=1},



gr = Graphics3D[{cube, spheres}]
  • $\begingroup$ But does take quadratic time :( $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Oct 7 '14 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ You could use this idea $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Oct 7 '14 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ You could use octtrees perhaps if you needed to optimize the search for overlapping spheres. $\endgroup$ – SEngstrom Oct 7 '14 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much for your helping. Bakha $\endgroup$ – Bakha Oct 7 '14 at 21:54

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