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Plot3 Shaded Line

version (3.92 KB) by Dirk-Jan Kroon
Like plot3, but will plot a real (round, flat, triangle, squared) thick shaded 3D line


Updated 19 Aug 2008

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This function works like plot3, but will display a real 3D round (vessel like), flat, triangle or squared line. Which can be shaded, because the surface is a triangulated patch.

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Dirk-Jan Kroon (2021). Plot3 Shaded Line (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (6)



minimize_rot has a possible bug. At least in one occasion it resulted in the tube torquing at a point, resulting in a hole in the tube.

Line 247, instead of


you probably want


otherwise you sum quantities which are not the euclidean distances.

Nik F

Works as advertised! Just what I was looking for.

Rody Oldenhuis

Excellent, well written routine. Many thanks!

Tim Boye

Very nice function
Thanks a lot

jichao zhao

Thanks, it is an excellent work!

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2008a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

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