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3-Script is a file format for transferring descriptions of three-dimensional graphics objects from Mathematica to other programs. All Mathematica kernels have the ability to render three-dimensional images into the PostScript page description language. For certain applications one wishes to have a description of the image that retains the three-dimensional character that is lost when one renders into PostScript. The package Graphics`ThreeScript` supplies a number of utilities for writing suitable Mathematica

objects into 3-Script format files.

  • This loads the package.
  • In[1]:= <<Graphics`ThreeScript`

  • This constructs a Graphics3D object.
  • In[2]:= obj = Graphics3D[
    Polygon[{{0,0,0}, {0,1,0}, {0,1,1}}]]


  • This writes the 3-Script format into the file object.ts. Note that the filename is returned.
  • In[3]:= ThreeScript[ "object.ts", obj]


  • This shows the contents of the file.
  • In[4]:= !!object.ts

    % Graphics3D objects
    0 0 0
    0 1 1
    1.3 -2.399999999999999 2.
    0 0 0
    1. 0. 1.
    1 0 0
    1. 1. 1.
    0 1 0
    0. 1. 1.
    0 0 1
    0 0 0
    0 1 0
    0 1 1

    The 3-Script format works with all three-dimensional primitives and directives. This includes both Graphics3D and SurfaceGraphics objects. Note that in the 3-Script format information such as coordinates appears below the command name.

    Standard 3-Script descriptions of three-dimensional objects.

    3-Script commands used as global directives.

    3-Script is used by the Mathematica command Live that is available on platforms that support the GL library such as Silicon Graphics computers. A 3-Script format file is written and this is passed to an external renderer to process. An alternative method you can use to pass a three-dimensional structure, or indeed any Mathematica expression into an external program, is to use the MathLink communications protocol.
    A complete description of the 3-Script file format is contained in the Wolfram Research technical report, The 3-Script File Format