Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

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Andries
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Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

Postby Andries » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:08 pm UTC

Hi there

I wonder if anyone can help with this. I am looking for a way of graphically representing (in a 2-D picture) a typology that involves variation along three axes.

This is not mathematical graphing; just a conceptual representation.

The elementary 'smart art' available on my version of microsoft word can't do it. (I am on an MacBook Pro).

And I don't have the drawing skills to do it by other means.

Any advice would be appreciated

Thanks!

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Re: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

Postby Jorpho » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:48 pm UTC

I'm not quite sure what you want to do, but Google does 3D plots nowadays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ubstyzM1I

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Re: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

Postby Andries » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:54 pm UTC

That's almost what I want, but I don't want to plot a mathematical function, I want to depict a three dimensional conceptual space

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Re: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

Postby Diemo » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:57 pm UTC

You could use something like Unity where you build what you want to show, and then convert it to a 3D representation (this is for showing things on 3D suites now.
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Re: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

Postby WanderingLinguist » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:27 am UTC

I really don't quite get what you are trying to accomplish. It kind of sounds like you just want a 3D modeling tool.

If that's the case, check out SketchUp. It's pretty easy to use, and they have video tutorials available. For something more advanced, there's Blender, but the learning curve is steeper.

On the other hand, if you just want to plot a 3d graph with arbitrary points (points you choose, rather than function points), you can use the surface plot feature in Excel to do that.

(Also, what do you mean by "typology"? Is it a typo for topology? Or do you mean some kind of 3D representation of an actual typology of some sort?)

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Re: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

Postby Andries » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:45 am UTC

The latter. Typology. Types of farm non-linkages. At the moment I am envisaging a matrix with at least three axes

Thanks for the links, but they appear to be way more complex than what I need...

At the moment I am going to try to do it in 3D tin, which is a free google app...


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