How to Make Wireframe Contour Chart

In this Excel tutorial, you will learn about the creation of a wireframe contour chart.

How to insert Wireframe Contour Chart

The first step in creating a wireframe contour chart is to prepare your data. Make sure that you have a set of x and y values, along with the corresponding z values that represent the height of the surface. You can create a set of test data or use real data from your own research or experiment.

Next, we create a 3D surface graph as follows:

3D surface chart

The graph will look like this:

Example wireframe contour chart

What is Contour Chart

3-D Surface chart shows a 3D view of the data, which can be imagined as a rubber sheet stretched over a 3D Column chart.

It is typically used to show relationships between large amounts of data that may otherwise be difficult to see.

Color bands in a Surface chart:

  • Do not represent the data series
  • Indicate the difference between the values

A Wireframe 3-D Surface chart is a 3D Surface chart shown without color on the surface. This chart shows only the lines. Such a contour plot is not easy to read, but it can plot large data sets much faster than a 3D Surface chart.

Now let us change it to the wireframe 3D chart:

wireframe contour chart

In the same way, you are able to create a countour map in Excel.

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