HG3D-2000: Define Surface Plots

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create surface plots.

The Define Curves panel can be accessed one of the following ways:
  • On the toolbar, click the Define Curves panel icon,
  • From the menu bar, select Curves > Define Curves

The Define Curves panel enables you to create new Surface plots. New data can be mathematically defined using the program's curve calculator, or entered as values.

Figure 1.

Create a Surface Plot from a Math Expression

  1. From the menu bar, select File > New > Session.
  2. Click the Define Curves icon, , to access the panel.
  3. Select Surface from the drop-down menu.
    Figure 2.
  4. Click Add under the Surface list.
    A surface labeled Surface1 is added to the list.
  5. In the text box rename Surface 1 to Math_Surface and press Enter.
    The new name is now displayed in the list and in the legend.
  6. Verify that the Source type is set to Math.
  7. Under Vector:, click All.
  8. Set X to 0:15:0.1.
  9. Set Y to 0:15:0.1.
  10. Set Z to sin(x) + cos(y).
    Figure 3.
  11. Click OK to close the window.
  12. Click Apply to create the surface plot.
    Figure 4.

Save the Session File

  1. From the menu bar, select File > Save As > Session.
  2. Save the file as Curve_Attributes_Surface.mvw.
  3. Click Save.