CS 151: Project #11

Project 11: 3D Scenes

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The assignment this week has two parts. First, demonstrate use of the 3D turtle and build some aggregate (interesting) 3D shapes. Second, pick one significant extension of the system and design and implement your own solution. The list of extensions given below is not all-inclusive, and you should feel free to pick your own. The key is to demonstrate how you can define a task, design a solution, and implement the solution so the computer can complete the task. Efficient and elegant solutions are the optimal outcome.


  1. Make at least four 3D shape classes, like a box or a house. Use strings, just like you did for the square and triangle classes. You can use parameterized strings, which should make the task easier.

    An image with examples of all of your 3D shapes in at least 2 different styles is required image 1.

  2. Make a 3D scene that incorporates your shapes. Your scene can be abstract, artistic, or realistic. Try to maximize the complexity of the scene, while minimizing the amount of code you have to write. For this task, spend some time thinking about your design before you start to code. Talk about your design in your writeup. Note that complexity may not mean lots of objects. Having lots of small stuff will slow down the interactive viewing.

    Two images of your scene from different points of view are required images 2 and 3.

  3. Pick an extension. Make sure you have a clear description of the task. Design a solution you think will work and then implement the solution. The difficulty of the task is not necessarily as important as following a structured process so you understand what the computer needs to do and how to do it. The design of your solution should be part of your writeup.

    An image demonstrating your extension is required image 4.



Make a new wiki page for your assignment. Give the page a useful title using English words. Put the label cs151f12proj11 in the label field at the bottom of the page. Each of you needs to make your own writeup.

In addition to making the wiki page writeup, put the python files you wrote on the Courses server in your private handin directory.

Colby Wiki

In general, your writeup should follow the outline below.