6.17.2 3D Waterfall


Origin features an OpenGL-supported 3D waterfall graph. The 3D waterfall is a specific type of 3D wall graph with a wall width = 0. You can rotate, resize, stretch and skew the graph as with other Origin 3D graphs.

3D Waterfall 07.png

Minimum Origin Version Required: 2015 SR0

What you will learn

This tutorial will show you how to:

  1. Plot a 3D waterfall graph
  2. Add a plane at the specified position in the graph
  3. Skew the 3D waterfall graph


This tutorial is associated with the Tutorial Data project:<Origin EXE Folder>\Samples\Tutorial Data.opj.

  1. Open the Tutorial Data project and browse to folder 3D Waterfall.
  2. Activate workbook Book4I by locating it in Project Explorer and double-clicking to show the window. Highlight all columns. Select Plot > 3D : 3D Waterfall from the main menu to plot a 3D waterfall graph.
    3D Waterfall 01.png
  3. Select Format:Layer from the menu to open the Plot Details dialog box. Go to the Planes tab, check the box to add an XY plane to the graph , uncheck the Enable check box in the Plane Border group, then set the remaining controls as shown in the following image:
    3D Waterfall 02.png
  4. Click the arrow icon to the left of Layer1 to show all plots in the layer. Select the first plot in the layer (take care not to clear the check box next to the dataset icon), then click the Pattern tab and set the Fill Color as LT Gray.
    3D Waterfall 03.png
  5. Click OK to close the dialog box. Double-click on a graph axis to open the Axis dialog box. Clear the Use Only One Axis For Each Direction check box. Go to the Scale tab and select Z axis icon in the left panel and set From and To to 0.8 and 3.2, and set the increment value of Major Ticks to 0.2.
    3D Waterfall 04.png
    • Go to the Tick Labels tab, make sure Top - Z icon is selected and clear the Show check box to hide the tick labels on top Z axis.
    3D Waterfall 05.png
  6. Go to the Line and Ticks tab, make sure Top - Z icon is selected and set Major Ticks and Minor Ticks to None.
    3D Waterfall 06.png
  7. Click OK to close the dialog. Click on the cube to activate the five red graphical editing icons. Click on the fourth button - the Skew button - and drag the X/Y hotspots to skew the graph in X/Y direction so that it looks approximately like this:
    3D Waterfall 08.png