Multiple wireframe maps cannot be overlaid in Surfer due to a limitation of the wireframe map type. If you want to overlay multiple 3D wireframe maps, you can effectively do this by overlaying two (or more) 3D surface maps:
- Create a 3D surface map using Home | New Map | 3D Surface | 3D Surface.
- Add additional 3D surface layer(s) using Home | Add to Map | Layer | 3D Surface.
- Click one of the 3D Surface layers in the Contents window to select it.
- Click the Mesh tab in the Properties window, check the Draw lines check box under Lines of Constant X and Lines of Constant Y. Set the Frequency for both to 1.
- Click the General tab. Click on the Custom colormap (...) button in the Upper field. In the Colormap dialog, drag the Opacity Mapping nodes to the bottom (0%) and click OK.
- Click the Lighting tab. Set the Model to None.
- Select the 3D surface layer you made the changes to and click Home | Clipboard | Copy Format.
- Select any other 3D surface layers in the map and click Home | Clipboard | Paste Format.
The 3D surface maps will appear like 3D wireframe maps. Surface maps also have the added ability to set the limits of the map and to choose the frequency of the mesh lines, which is not supported by wireframe maps. You can also change the color of the wires to help distinguish between the layers.
Overlay two 3D surface maps showing the mesh lines to create overlaid wireframes
Updated December, 2021
is it possible to get an update on this article. the above mentioned method cannot be applied to surfer 16
Thank you for your comment. The workflow in this article still works in the newest versions of Surfer. I've updated the steps in the article to be more clear. Please give them a try. If you run into any difficulties with the updated steps, please reach out to me at email@example.com.
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