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Re: Rotation of 3D objects

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  • Subject: [mg86314] Re: Rotation of 3D objects
  • From: "Fred Klingener" <gigabitbucket at>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 05:41:36 -0500 (EST)
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  • Reply-to: "Fred Klingener" <gigabitbucket at>

"Narasimham" <mathma18 at> wrote in message 
news:fqo8u2$t2s$1 at
> By what command is it possible to create (without writing a code
> separately ):
> 1) Reflections of 3D objects about a plane?

How about:

surf = ParametricPlot3D[{t, u + t, u*t/5}, {t, 0, 2}, {u, -1, 1}];
Graphics3D[{#, # /.
GraphicsComplex[nodelist_, rest__] ->
GraphicsComplex[ReflectionTransform[{1, 0, 0}, {0, 0, 0}][nodelist],
rest]} &@First[surf]]

> 2) Multiple copies equally spaced  by rotation around an axis through
> two given points?

Same approach (sort of) works:

Table[First[surf] /.
GraphicsComplex[nodelist_, rest__] ->
RotationTransform[j 2 Pi/n, {0, 0, 1}, {-1, -1, 0}][nodelist],
rest], {j, 0, n - 1}]]
, {n, {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}}]
To understand the method, note the returns from the following:


If you want to inspect the many screenloads of GraphicsComplex in its full 
glory, look at


First[surf] is a GraphicsComplex (which can be rendered with 
Graphics3D[First[surf]]). It has a structure that leads with a node List 
that can be extracted with a pattern, transformed with the usual tools, then 
reassembled into a new GraphicsComplex.

You can inspect the node list alone with

First[surf] /. GraphicsComplex[nodelist_, rest__] -> nodelist

> 3) A single rotation of given object through a given angle on an axis
> through two defined points?

If I understand the question, this is a matter of using your two points to 
generate the parameters of your choice for the RotationTransform.


Fred Klingener

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