29.17.1 3D Scatter Graph

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Data Requirements

  • Worksheet:
  • Select at least one Z column (or a range from at least one Z column). If the Z column has associated XY columns, then the XY columns are used; otherwise, the worksheet's default XY values are used.


  • Matrix: A matrix of Z values.

Creating the Graph

Activate the matrixsheet or select required data from worksheet

From the menu, for worksheet data, choose Plot > 3D : 3D Scatter; for matrix data, choose Plot > 3D: 3D Scatter.


Click the Matrix 3D Scatter button on the 3D and Contour Graphs toolbar.

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  • gl3D.OTP (OpenGL)
  • 3D.OTP



(Installed to the Origin program folder).


  • To make this graph you must select columns designated as X, Y and Z.
  • To plot the X error and Y error onto the 3D scatter,
    • organize the data columns as X, XErr, Y, YErr and Z, then highlight them all to plot a 3D scatter plot.
    • add X, Y and Z error bars to the graph after it is created by clicking Format: Plot, then clicking on the Error Bar tab of Plot Details and designating error bar datasets.
  • If you want to plot a 3D scatter with Z error directly, you need to select one more Z data and then select Plot> 3D : 3D Scatter + Z Error bar. Of course, you can add Z error bars to an existing 3D scatter graph in the Error Bar tab of Plot Details.