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RE: Drawing a Glass Cylinder?

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  • Subject: [mg33904] RE: [mg33859] Drawing a Glass Cylinder?
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 00:57:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I think that Jens-Peer Kuska's MathGL3d package allows for transparency.

Another possibility would be to do a cutaway drawing.

David Park
djmp at 

> From: aes [mailto:siegman at]
To: mathgroup at
> 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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