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A 3D object appears in front of another object, even though it is physically behind it. #9499

diggerdu opened this issue Oct 21, 2017 · 1 comment


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commented Oct 21, 2017

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Bug summary

A 3D object appears in front of another object, even though it is physically behind it.

Code for reproduction

import matplotlib as mpl
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D
from matplotlib.patches import Circle, Rectangle
import matplotlib.path as mpath
import matplotlib.patches as mpatches
import numpy as np
import mpl_toolkits.mplot3d.art3d as art3d
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

mpl.rcParams['legend.fontsize'] = 10

fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.gca(projection='3d')
ax.set_xlim(-16, 16)
ax.set_ylim(-16, 16)
ax.set_zlim(-16, 16)

for depth in [0.]:
    theta = np.linspace(-5 * np.pi, 5 * np.pi, 1000)
    x = depth * np.ones(theta.shape)
    y = theta
    z = 4 * np.cos(0.2 * theta) * np.sin(0.4 * 8 * theta)
    points = np.array([y, z]).T
    patch = mpatches.PathPatch(mpath.Path(points))
    art3d.pathpatch_2d_to_3d(patch, z=depth, zdir='x')

for depth in range(6 ,7):
    ret = Rectangle((0-5, 0-5), 5 * 2, 5 * 2, facecolor=(depth /10, depth/10, depth/10), edgecolor=(0.,0.,0.), alpha=1.)
    art3d.pathpatch_2d_to_3d(ret, z=depth, zdir='x')


Matplotlib version

  • Operating system: Linux mercury 4.10.0-35-generic #39-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 13 07:46:59 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
  • Matplotlib version: 2.0.2
  • Matplotlib backend (print(matplotlib.get_backend())):Qt5Agg
  • Python version:Python 3.6.1 |Anaconda 4.4.0 (64-bit)| (default, May 11 2017, 13:09:58)
  • Jupyter version (if applicable):
  • Other libraries:

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commented Oct 21, 2017

This is a well known issue, acknowlegded and documented at, and the general agreement is that it would be quite difficult to solve.
Closing, not because we do not think the issue is unimportant, but because having another issue open on this is unlikely to change anything.

@anntzer anntzer closed this Oct 21, 2017

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