Animated Tetrahedron/Plane Intersection

TETRAHEDRON_SLICE_ANIMATE is a MATLAB program which displays the intersection of a tetrahedron with a sequence of equally spaced planes that share a common normal vector.

The intersection of a plane and a tetrahedron is a convex planar polygon which is bounded by 0 to 4 points. The possibilities are:

Given a tetrahedron and a normal vector, the program displays a wireframe image of the tetrahedron, and the points of intersection, and the convex intersection polygon, between the tetrahedron and each of a sequence of equally spaced planes that share the normal vector.

The user defines the tetrahedron by giving a 3x4 vertex array T containing the XYZ coordinates of the vertices.

The user defines the planes by specifying a vector NORMAL which defines the direction normal to the planes.

The program includes an internal switch create_frames which, if set to 1, results in each image being stored in a JPG file, so that a movie file can be created.


tetrahedron_slice_animate ( normal, t, n )


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


TETRAHEDRON_SLICE_ANIMATE is available in a MATLAB version.

Related Data and Programs:

GEOMETRY, a MATLAB library which performs geometric calculations in 2, 3 and N dimensional space.

TETRAHEDRON_PROPERTIES, a MATLAB program which computes properties of a tetrahedron whose vertex coordinates are read from a file.

TETRAHEDRON_SLICE_DISPLAY, a MATLAB program which determines the intersection between a tetrahedron and a plane and displays the result.

TETRAHEDRONS, a dataset directory which contains examples of tetrahedrons;

Source Code:

Examples and Tests:

A sequence of 20 frames was created.

SLICE.MOV is an animation created from the JPG files by QUICKTIME.

You can go up one level to the MATLAB source codes.

Last revised on 26 June 2010.