# Same scale for all the axes in Plot3D

I can't find this in the documentation. How do you force the same scale for all the axes when making a 3D plot? There is the BoxRatios option, but this only changes the dimensions of the visible box with no regard to the actual scales of the axis.

• Set that option you just found to Automatic and report back. – J. M.'s ennui Jul 3 '15 at 8:59
• Shouldn't it be BoxRatios -> 1 ? – Feyre Jul 3 '15 at 9:14
• @Feyre, you can answer your own question by trying to plot a function like $x^2+y^2$. Note the shape of the box, and then note the numbers on the ticks. – J. M.'s ennui Jul 3 '15 at 9:34
• @Guesswhoitis. yes that worked, thank you. – Yrogirg Jul 3 '15 at 10:00
• Then, please answer your own question. :) – J. M.'s ennui Jul 3 '15 at 10:00

Only BoxRatios will not solve your problem. You have to fix the PlotRange also. For example take 2(x^2+y^2)

Plot3D[2 (x^2 + y^2), {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, BoxRatios -> 1, FaceGrids -> All] As you can see the unit along z direction is twice compared to x and y (that's why I choose 2 (x^2 + y^2), to make this point)

Now you fix the PlotRange

plrange = {-1, 1};
Plot3D[2 (x^2 + y^2), {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, BoxRatios -> 1,
FaceGrids -> All, PlotRange -> {plrange, plrange, plrange + 1}] And your units are same in all directions.

• Certainly, an inappropriate setting of BoxRatios will not fix OP's problem. Set properly, one will not have to fiddle with PlotRange unless desired. – J. M.'s ennui Jul 3 '15 at 10:08