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Rounded-edge textured cubes

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  • Subject: [mg121343] Rounded-edge textured cubes
  • From: "Christopher O. Young" <cy56 at>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:18:30 -0400 (EDT)
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I'm trying to have textured cubes to illustrate things such as the relation
of rates of change in difference tables to the rates of change of areas of
squares of squares and volumes of cubes. It would be a big help to have
rounded cubes with some texture on them. The texture is mostly for looks,
but would certainly add something. A rounded-edge option for Cuboid[ ] would
be wonderful. I'm experimenting with using tubes on the edges and moving
them inwards.

One thing that works, but might be too slow, is using RegionPlot to get an
inequality plot of each cube. Yields a nicely rounded surface, but I can't
seem to map textures to it evenly. I get "streaking" of the marble on six of
the surfaces, and only two get the normal looking marble texture.

Chris Young
cy56 at

ineq = PolyhedronData["Cube", "RegionFunction"][x, y, z]

 {r = .7},
  {x, -r, r}, {y, -r, r}, {z, -r, r},
  PlotStyle -> Directive[
    Specularity[White, 30],
    Texture[ExampleData[{"ColorTexture", "WhiteMarble"}]]
  TextureCoordinateFunction -> ({#3, #2, #1} &),
  Lighting -> "Neutral",
  Mesh -> None,
  PlotRange -> All,
  PlotPoints -> 20

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