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Particle shapes from LAMMPS files

Hi Everyone,

LAMMPS seems to support various particle shapes: sphere, dipole, ellipsoid, line, tri, peri, and body as discussed here:

Does Ovito support the visualization of some or all of these? If so, an example input for triangles would be greatly appreciated. I could not find anything in the test input files related to particle shapes.

Thank you,



please see for a detailed description on how to visualize non-spherical particle shapes.
OVITO also supports several common geometry file formats such as STL, OBJ and VTK, which allows you to give particles a free-form shape. When you open the Particle Types settings under "Data Source" in the GUI, you'll find the option "Load shape".


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