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Drawing a Glass Cylinder?

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  • Subject: [mg33859] Drawing a Glass Cylinder?
  • From: aes <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 02:49:49 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I want to make a nice-looking graphic that's essentially a 3D view of a darker 
colored glass rod that's located inside (and visible through) a thick-walled 
transparent glass tube, with the ends of the inner rod protruding somewhat from 
the ends of the tube.  (In fact, these are the core and cladding of an optical 
fiber.)

I can gin up something that's minimally acceptable using ParametricPlot to draw 
cylinders and end walls, but it's very wire-framey and the outer cylinder is not 
transparent; but I want something that's graphically better..

Any suggestions?  Points on where should I look to learn how to draw transparent 
objects, e.g. glass cylinders with stuff inside them?

Thanks,  AES


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