This guide helps you get started with Python for 3D Data Science. It covers the essential steps in setting up your environment, including the resources you’ll need and the workflow to follow. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a working environment set up and be ready to delve into 3D data science with Python. The first result is a synthetic point cloud shape generator.

### 1. The 3D Python Setup

This guide assumes you are a beginner with little to no experience with Python. The goal is to get you up and running with a Python environment specifically designed for working with 3D data.

### 2. Related Resources for 3D Python 🍇

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**The Code**: Github Repository (Shape Generator) **The Handout**: 1-Side Cheat Sheet (.pdf)**The Software (Open-Source)**:**Anaconda**(https://www.anaconda.com/products/distribution) or**Miniconda**(https://docs.anaconda.com/en/latest/miniconda.html): Anaconda is a free and open-source distribution of Python that includes a package manager called conda. Miniconda is a smaller version of Anaconda that only includes Python and the conda package manager. You can choose either Anaconda or Miniconda for this guide.**Python 3.9**: This is the recommended version of Python for this guide.

**Useful Python libraries**:**NumPy**(https://numpy.org/): A fundamental library for numerical computing in Python.**SciPy**(https://scipy.org/): Another library that builds on NumPy and provides additional functionalities for scientific computing.**scikit-learn**(https://scikit-learn.org/stable/): A machine learning library for Python.**Matplotlib**(https://matplotlib.org/): A library for creating static, animated, and interactive visualizations in Python.**Open3D**(https://open3d.org/): A library designed specifically for working with 3D data in Python.

### 3. The 3D Python Environment Workflow 🗺️

The following steps will guide you through setting up your 3D Python Environment for 3D data science:

**Environment Setup with Miniconda**: Download and install Miniconda following the instructions on the Anaconda website.**Package Manager and Using Pip**: Use pip, the recommended package manager for Python environments, to install the necessary libraries.**Installing Libraries**: Install essential libraries like NumPy, SciPy, scikit-learn, Matplotlib, and Open3D using pip.**Installing an IDE**: Install an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) like Spyder to write and execute Python code.**Exploring the IDE**: Familiarize yourself with the functionalities of the Spyder IDE.**Structuring Your Code for First Applications**: Organize your code using folders for code, data, and results.**Your First Script**: Create a Python script to generate a random point cloud and visualize it in 3D using Open3D.

After following this simple 7-step workflow, you will be able to generate simple 3D Shapes as point clouds, such as cubes, spheres, and planes.

The Code for these can be found on my Github Page (link in section 2). Below is a snippet:

import numpy as np

import open3d as o3d

def generate_random_point_cloud(num_points=5000, num_shapes=1):

# Initialize an empty list to store all points

points = []

# Generate multiple shapes

for * in range(num*shapes):

# Randomly choose a shape type

shape_type = np.random.choice(['sphere', 'cube', 'plane'])

# Calculate number of points for this shape

shape_points = num_points // num_shapes

if shape_type == 'sphere':

# Generate points on a sphere

radius = np.random.uniform(0.5, 1.0)

theta = np.random.uniform(0, 2*np.pi, shape_points)

phi = np.random.uniform(0, np.pi, shape_points)

x = radius * np.sin(phi) * np.cos(theta)

y = radius * np.sin(phi) * np.sin(theta)

z = radius * np.cos(phi)

elif shape_type == 'cube':

# Generate points in a cube

x = np.random.uniform(-1, 1, shape_points)

y = np.random.uniform(-1, 1, shape_points)

z = np.random.uniform(-1, 1, shape_points)

else: # plane

# Generate points on a plane (z=0)

x = np.random.uniform(-1, 1, shape_points)

y = np.random.uniform(-1, 1, shape_points)

z = np.zeros(shape_points)

# Generate a random center for the shape

shape_center = np.random.uniform(-5, 5, 3)

# Add the shape's points to the main list, offsetting by the shape's center

points.extend(np.column_stack((x, y, z)) + shape_center)

# Convert the list of points to a numpy array and return

return np.array(points)

#%% Random Experiments

# Generate random point cloud with 10000 points and 8 shapes

point_cloud = generate_random_point_cloud(10000, 8)

# Create Open3D point cloud object

pcd = o3d.geometry.PointCloud()

pcd.points = o3d.utility.Vector3dVector(point_cloud)

# Visualize the point cloud

o3d.visualization.draw_geometries([pcd])

### 4. The Next 3D Python Steps 🦶

This guide provides a solid foundation for working with 3D Data Science in Python. Once you have a working environment, you can explore further tutorials and experiment with more complex 3D data manipulation and analysis tasks. The provided resources will serve as valuable references as you continue your journey in 3D Data Science with Python.

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- 3D Deep Learning with Python: Point Cloud Data Preparation

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