[Chimera-users] clip planes in vrml

Daniel Gurnon danielgurnon at depauw.edu
Thu May 13 17:44:48 PDT 2010

Thanks Greg. I viewed the file with BS Contact and it was fine; Adobe 3D
reviewer is the problem. For clip planes, you suggest X3D, but clip planes
don't seem to work for that format either. Even if it works, the Zcorp
printer does not read X3D- only VRML, PLY, 3DS, and ZPR.  Should I give up
on the idea of printing a clipped model?

On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM, Greg Couch <gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:

> On 05/13/2010 11:18 AM, Daniel Gurnon wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm thinking of the 3D printing of physical models, and how informative
>> clipping planes can be....would it be feasible to add capped-clip planes to
>> vrml output?
> Alas, VRML does not support clip planes, you have to use X3D.  Does Adobe
> 3D reviewer have X3D support?
>  I also ran into a problem when I exported a surface to vrml and tried to
>> view it with Adobe 3D reviewer. The color information didn't transfer. This
>> isn't a problem when saving ribbons or bonds as vrml.
>> Dan
> Double check that the surface displays correctly in a VRML viewer, eg., BS
> Contact, Octaga, etc.  And if it does (and I predict it will), then the bug
> is in the Adobe 3D reviewer's VRML import code.
>    - Greg


Daniel Gurnon, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
DePauw University
Greencastle, IN 46135

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