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Mouse controlled 3D rotations

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  • Subject: [mg57848] Mouse controlled 3D rotations
  • From: Jim Hafner <hafner at>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 02:29:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: IBM Almaden Research Center
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Is there a way to build a 3D graphics object (e.g., a simple 
Tetrahedron) and manipulate it (e.g., rotate it in 3D) with the mouse?

There is an example on webMathematica of just this, but I haven't 
figured out how to do it at all in plain ol' Mathematica.

Does it matter what system I'm on (AIX 5.1 or WinXP)?

I noticed that on AIX5.1, starting math kernel (no notebooks) that I can 
use Animate[] to make a movie of a rotating Tetrahedron.  In XP, the 
same doesn't produce anything.  On either system, in a notebook, I just 
get multiple graphics objects, one for each rotational position -- 
there's no live animation.

Any guidance is appreciated.

Jim Hafner
hafner at

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