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How can I plot 3D contour plot for (x, y, z) Cartesian grid with values at each cell?

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Jia on 1 Jun 2015
Answered: Mingta Yang on 5 Mar 2021
What code should I use to plot a 3D contour plot? I saw there are some contour3 functions, but I don't know how to create the 2*2 matrix for my data. I have data include (x,y,z) positioning data and value at each position. I attached part of my data looks like, not all y,z values are zero.
I also attached a plot that shows closely to what I want, but I also want scales shown on the figure.
Denis Perotto
Denis Perotto on 15 Mar 2019
I have a similar problem. Seems like that is not possible at all. All I managed to do is to cycle a 'fill3' function to build a contour from several rectangles, but it cost a lot of RAM and lags.

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Sriram Narayanan
Sriram Narayanan on 3 Jun 2015
Since you have values at points (x,y,z) in space, you could use the 3-D interpolation function "interp3" to interpolate between the points from the sample data and then use the "surf" function to generate the 3-D plot and the colorbar command to add the scale.
The following page talks about how to use this function.
Example code is:
generatedvalues = @(X,Y,Z)(X.^2 + Y.^3 + Z.^4);
[X,Y,Z] = meshgrid((-5:.25:5));
V = generatedvalues(X,Y,Z);
x = X(:,3,:);
y = Y(:,3,:);
z = V(:,3,:);
v = V(:,3,:);
z = Z(:,3,:);
x = squeeze(x);
y = squeeze(y);
z = squeeze(z);
v = squeeze(v);
Luca Greggio
Luca Greggio on 1 Apr 2020
maybe i have got the answer
close all
clear all
file = fopen('valori.dat');
imax = fscanf(file, '%d \n', 1);
x = fscanf(file, '%f \n', imax);
y = fscanf(file, '%f \n', imax);
z = fscanf(file, '%f \n', imax);
T = fscanf(file, '%f \n', imax^3);
T = reshape(T,[imax, imax, imax]);
xs = squeeze(X(:,7,:));
ys = squeeze(Y(:,7,:));
zs = squeeze(Z(:,7,:));
this get data from the file 'valori.txt' and when i apply the procedure in the answer, i simply add the 4th value in surf which is C, standing for color, this give the opportunity to give a color to the grid from your V value, in my case is T, i am plotting a 3D Heat equation soulution, i hope this can help

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John A
John A on 22 Nov 2017
I have 5 surfaces, each is a 5 by 10 matrix. Each entry represents force value and is 1inch from neighboring entries on the surface. I was hoping to stack these surfaces to create a 3D block and contour (or color code) the block based on the magnitudes of these value. The expected outcome will be a block similar to Jia's block model shown above. Can someone please direct me on how to do this in matlab? I am a beginner in matlab but can find my way out if pointed in the right direction.
Thank you

Denis Perotto
Denis Perotto on 10 Nov 2019
Download free Paraview (visualization tool) from It will cost you some time to deal with VTK files, but anyway, MATLAB is not a tool for 3D contour visualization.

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