Projecting contour profiles onto a graphΒΆ

Demonstrates displaying a 3D surface while also projecting contour 'profiles' onto the 'walls' of the graph.

See contourf3d_demo2 for the filled version.

contour3d 3
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import axes3d
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib import cm

ax = plt.figure().add_subplot(projection='3d')
X, Y, Z = axes3d.get_test_data(0.05)

# Plot the 3D surface
ax.plot_surface(X, Y, Z, rstride=8, cstride=8, alpha=0.3)

# Plot projections of the contours for each dimension.  By choosing offsets
# that match the appropriate axes limits, the projected contours will sit on
# the 'walls' of the graph.
ax.contour(X, Y, Z, zdir='z', offset=-100, cmap=cm.coolwarm)
ax.contour(X, Y, Z, zdir='x', offset=-40, cmap=cm.coolwarm)
ax.contour(X, Y, Z, zdir='y', offset=40, cmap=cm.coolwarm)

ax.set(xlim=(-40, 40), ylim=(-40, 40), zlim=(-100, 100),
       xlabel='X', ylabel='Y', zlabel='Z')

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