How to see (t,u) junction/nodes with a dot or a small circle connected by straight line in Mesh in 3D, but not as arcs generated by a large number of small steps of t and u.The command should, if possible modify existing ParametricPlot3D without use of Table and ListPlot3D. TIA

ParametricPlot3D[ { u Cos[t], u Sin[t],  1.2 u  }, { t, 0, 2 Pi}, {u, 1, 1.5},
  Mesh -> { 25, 5}]

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  • $\begingroup$ @george2079 Thanks for image. $\endgroup$
    – Narasimham
    Feb 12, 2015 at 16:47

2 Answers 2


I am not sure I understand your question fully. Does this do what you are looking for?

ParametricPlot3D[{u Cos[t], u Sin[t], 1.2 u}, {t, 0, 2 Pi}, {u, 1, 1.5}, 
   Mesh -> Full, MaxRecursion -> 0, PlotPoints -> {25, 5}]

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It will not draw arcs, just straight lines between mesh points. The mesg corresponds to the sampled points precisely (thanks to Mesh -> Full), so the mesh density is now controlled by PlotPoints. MaxRecursion -> 0 prevents automatically refining the mesh.

If you wish to include small dots at the mesh line intersections, I don't believe it will be possible to avoid generating them using Table.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, Mesh-> Full plots nothing more than chosen sample points. $\endgroup$
    – Narasimham
    Feb 12, 2015 at 17:09
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    $\begingroup$ @Narasimham There's also Mesh -> All which shows the edges of the polygons (always triangles!) making up the object. Mesh -> Full will instead show just the rectangular mesh, not a triangular one. Both of them just use the sample points. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 12, 2015 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ +1, Mesh -> Full is definitely better. I forget that here is a difference between Full and All. $\endgroup$
    – ybeltukov
    Feb 12, 2015 at 17:35

Straight mesh lines can be obtaining by specifying corresponding plot points with zero max recursion. Then points can be drawn with post-processing (/. ... :> ...)

n1 = 10;
n2 = 3;
ParametricPlot3D[{u Cos[t], u Sin[t], 1.2 u}, {t, 0, 2 Pi}, {u, 1.0, 
   1.5}, Mesh -> {n1, n2}, PlotPoints -> {n1 + 2, n2 + 2}, 
  MaxRecursion -> 0, NormalsFunction -> None, PlotRange -> All, 
  BoundaryStyle -> Darker@Gray, MeshStyle -> Darker@Gray] /. 
 l : Line@p_ :> {Thickness[0.005], l, Sphere[p, 0.05]}

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Here I also add NormalsFunction -> None to draw flat surface pieces.


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