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Hi MaplePrimes team,


I am aware that Maple is not designed for CAD and I am not here for you to help me build any advanced system like the example below.


Figure 1: Trimmed surface of fuselage to create airplane windows.


Here I my problem. Even using the adaptmesh option, creating serious trimmed surfaces requires large numbers of grids like for example [3000, 3000] and even beyond, which makes a mesh unnecessary on most of the surface and especially where we don’t need high resolution.

While if we limit the display volume with the Maple’s view command (view = [x1..x2, y1..y2, z1..z2]), the edges are always smooth regardless of the coordinates system or the type of mesh of the surface to be treated.


And so, the reason I’m writing this message is to ask you why creating trimmed surface with plot3d surface wouldn’t use Maple view’s algorithm to get smooth edges?


Future Alternative Solution:

I also take this opportunity to ask you when would it be possible to update the Maple’s grid option such that the point space will variable in term of surface variable. For example:

plot3d(<x(s,t), y(s,t), z(s,t)>, s = s1..s2, t = t1..t2, grid = [m(s,t), n(s,t)] )


I am sure that this solution, which for me does not seem to be difficult to implement, could be an alternative to enrich the mesh where we really need it and therefore a better control. What do you think?


Thank you in advance.





In worksheet mode, when typing only the first 3 letters of the command piecewise, the command completion popup shows and I can hit TAB to have it automatically complete which is nice since I always makes typos tying this command


When when I wanted to get help on the same command, I have to type 5 letters now before the popup shows to help me complete the command


Why is that? I would have expected the same 3 letters to be enough, as I assume Maple is smart enough to notice this.

Here is a movie to illustrate. This is Maple 2021.1 on windows 10


I am trying to export a 3D plot from Maple (2021) in a vector format that can be imported into Adobe Illustrator without too much trouble. The graphic artist says the PDF files are not useful (“at the base of every PDF is an image file, inside layers and layers of clipping paths; not helpful”). “SVG does not appear to produce usable vectors – well, maybe not, but the one you sent me was super difficult to wrangle”. She had hoped that EPS would be useful, but she was unable to open the EPS file I created (not enough memory).

Here is the example that I have been using as I've asked others for help with this question.


T := torus([0, 0, 0], 1/2, 1/2);
C0 := spacecurve([cos(t), sin(t), 0], t = 0 .. 2*Pi, color = red, thickness = 9);
C1 := spacecurve([0.5*cos(t), 0.5*sin(t), 0.5], t = 0 .. 2*Pi, color = red, thickness = 9);
C2 := spacecurve([0.5*(1 + cos(t)), 0, 0.5*sin(t)], t = 0 .. Pi, color = blue, thickness = 9);
C3 := spacecurve([0.5*(-1 + cos(t)), 0, 0.5*sin(t)], t = 0 .. Pi, color = blue, thickness = 9);
Fig9510 := display([T, C0, C1, C2], view = [DEFAULT, DEFAULT, 0 .. 1/2], scaling = constrained, transparency = 0.75);

Direct links to the worksheet and the PDF, EPS, and SVG files on DropBox are provide below in the hope that something will be useful to somebody. (MaplePrimes links are provided for the MW and PDF files are also provided - but EPS and SVG files are not permitted.)

  1. 3DPlotExample.mw: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mx1hg1ntuqihnu3/3DPlotExample.mw?dl=0
  2. Fig9510.pdf: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bnzfqrh060gw84g/Fig9510.pdf?dl=0
  3. Fig9510.eps: https://www.dropbox.com/s/h9bjyn0uwm8w5ct/Fig9510.eps?dl=0
  4. Fig9510.svg: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u2xfntnqvbhu810/Fig9510.svg?dl=0

This question has been asked for more than ten years. The best solution to has been to use the command-line-interface version of Maple.

  1. Is the command-line interface still the best/only option for vector-based graphics output?
  2. If so, how do i access the command-line version of Maple 2021 on MacOS?

The attached worksheet is a stripped down version of some notes I am creating concerning the solution of vector equations in geometric algebra.  For the purposes of explanation it is best to show the math in its conventional typeset form before showing how to solve the equations in maple. The non-excutable math is in the text which is contained in a paragraph inserted before the execution group. In the first instance, the typesetting engine seems content to leave the text alone, but in the second case (which I created in the same way) it insists on parsing the equations and generating errors. I have tried repeatedly to make the second set of equations non-executable (since in maple terms they are nonsense) to no avail.
Can anyone suggest how I can use maple's text features to make the explanatory text inert.

Note that I have included the calls to my geometric algebra module in case they have some relevance to the problem, but they will not execute without the module.

Sample worksheet:  nonexecmatherror.mw

The 3-D Workspace of the stuart platfrom example


displays as follows. Clicking on the central object I get