Iso Surface SOP

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The Iso Surface SOP uses implicit functions to create 3D visualizations of isometric surfaces found in Grade 12 Functions and Relations textbooks.

An implicit function is defined so that it = 0. For example with:

x2 + y2 = r2

the implicit function is:

f(x, y) = x2 + y2 - r2 =0

PythonIcon.png isosurfaceSOP_Class


Implicit Function /func - Enter the function for implicit surface building here.

 Example 1: ($X*$X) / (4*4) - ($Y*$Y) / (3*3) + $Z

This formula creates a hyperbolic paraboloid, or saddle shape.

 Example 2: ($X*$X) / (a*a) + ($Y*$Y) / (b*b) + ($Z*$Z) / (c*c) - 1

This formula creates an ellipsoid.

Try loading some of the sample functions in $TFS/touch/presets.

Minimum Bound /minx /miny /minz - Determines the minimum clipping plane boundary for display of iso surface.

Maximum Bound /maxx /maxy /maxz - Determines maximum clipping plane boundary for display of iso surfaces.

Divisions /divsx /divsy /divsz - The density, or resolution of the iso surface polygons in X, Y and Z.

Inputs / Geometry Types

Creates polygons only.

Local Variables

$X $Y $Z - Represents the variables X, Y, and Z. in the equations.


The action of the Iso Surface sop is conceptually simple - it takes a user specified expression in R3 (a mathematical term meaning, "having three dimensions, each taking a Real value), and creates a surface where the function goes from being positive to being negative. In the case of the default expression ( $X2 + $Y2 + $Z2 ), the expression is less than zero within a unit sphere, and greater than zero outside. As the sop cooks, it marches through the bounding volume specified (by default from -1 to +1 in X, Y and Z), and creates geometry where the expression equals zero.

This may seem like a difficult way to define a sphere, but there's much potential beyond this simple example using the rich array of mathematical functions (see the Expressions section). A simple illustration is with the noise() function. Try inputing the following expression. TouchGeometry20.gif