29.8.4 3D Waterfall Graph

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Data Requirements

Select at least one Y column (or a range from at least one Y column). Ideally, select at least two Y columns (or a range of at least two Y columns). If there is an associated X column, X column supplies X values; otherwise, sampling interval of the Y column or row number is used.

Creating the Graph

Select required data.

From the menu, choose Plot > 3D : 3D Waterfall.


Click the 3D Waterfall button on the 3D and Contour Graphs toolbar.

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glWater3D.OTP (installed to the Origin program folder).


  • 3D waterfall is an OpenGL-based 3D graph.
  • The Y values in each column define an XY face with white fill color.
    • You can customize the fill color to make the color index or map to Y values and change by points.
      3D Waterfall Graph 01.png
    • You can customize the fill color to make the color index or map to Z values and change by plots.
      3D Waterfall Graph 02.png
  • Typically, all XY faces are arranged in the Z direction by values stored in a column label row. If a column label row contains numeric values, these are auto-detected and used to label the Z axis. Absent a row of numeric values, other column metadata, including column headings, can be used to label the Z axis. Ultimate control is via the Z Value Source drop-down on the Miscellaneous tab (Layer level) of Plot Details.
  • You can enable data labeling for 3D Waterfall plots, using controls on the Label tab of Plot Details.