RE: Dashed space curve

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg47183] RE: [mg47158] Dashed space curve*From*: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>*Date*: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 04:22:30 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Michael, This is one of the nonobvious and, I think, inconvenient graphical constructions in Mathematica. If you check the Help for ParametricPlot3D you will see that the third usage is to use a color directive as the 4th argument of the parametrization. Actually, you can also put any list of Graphics directives. So, by way of example, let's make a blue dashed curved. We have to Join the directives to the curve parametrization. Needs["Graphics`Colors`"] curve[t_] := {3Cos[t], 3Sin[t], t} ParametricPlot3D[ Join[curve[t], {{Blue, AbsoluteDashing[{3}]}}] // Evaluate, {t, 0, 2\[Pi]}]; We could have put the directives in the definition of curve[t], but that is a nuisance if you want to do analytical work with curve[t]. I would prefer to do this with the DrawGraphics package at my web site. Then it is also easy to add a second curve with different directives. We will draw the first curve in dashed blue and the second curve in solid black. I also made the surrounding box gray so the curves would better standout. Needs["DrawGraphics`DrawingMaster`"] curve2[t_] := t{0, 0, 1} Draw3DItems[ {Blue, AbsoluteDashing[{3}], ParametricDraw3D[curve[t] // Evaluate, {t, 0, 2\[Pi]}], Black, ParametricDraw3D[curve2[t], {t, 0, 2\[Pi]}]}, Background -> Linen, BoxStyle -> Gray]; There is another common related question that is often submitted to MathSource. How to get rid of the "mesh" in 3D surfaces drawn with ParametricPlot3D? Mesh is not an option for Graphics3D. The proper option is EdgeForm[], which removes the drawing of the polygon edges. This could again be put as a 4th parameter in the parametrization of the surface, or if using DrawGraphics you just put it before drawing the surface. Often I like to draw the surfaces colored and use an EdgeForm that specifies a color that is a slightly darker shade of the surface color. That subdues the "mesh" and usually looks better than no "mesh". David Park djmp at earthlink.net http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/ From: Michael [mailto:mika_lists at yahoo.com] To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net Hello, I would like to draw a dashed space curve (using ParametricPlot3D). How can I achieve that? Regards, Michael