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Cross sections of 3D figures

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  • Subject: [mg3014] Cross sections of 3D figures
  • From: easther at (Richard EASTHER)
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 03:07:16 -0500
  • Organization: Centre for Informatics, WASEDA University

Hi! I am trying to find a way to take a 2d cross section
of a complicated 3d surface in Mathematica.

A long as the figure is single valued in the Z-direction
it is comparatively simple - I can just do a contour
plot and select the contour that corresponds to the
particular value I am interested in.

However, I am not so fortunate: the object is multi-valued
in the Z-direction and is specified parametrically, both
of which thwart the contour plotting. 

I can get a rough result by plotting the figure with the
PlotRange option for the Z-axis set just above and below
the value of z where I want to take the cross section,
and choosing the BoxRatios to be {1,1,0}. 

However if there is a more elegant solution (either a
package or a built in command I have overlooked) it
would be great to hear about it!


PS I know I could solve numerically for the values of x
and y where the figure cuts the plane that defines the
cross-section, but I have not been able to find an
efficient way of doing this within Mathematica and want
to avoid doing it with an external Fortran program if

|    Richard Easther               No quote - just my address     |
| easther at                                        |      




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