TikZ, place cylinder in 3D space

In TikZ manual, cylinders are said to be "a 2-dimensional representation of a cylinder". The result is that they can be rotated only in a plane.

This is my code:

\documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}

\draw[->] (0,-4,0) -- (0,4,0) node[above right] {$x$};
\draw[->] (-4,0,0) -- (4,0,0) node[below right] {$y$};
\draw[->] (0,0,4) -- (0,0,-4) node[below right] {$z$};
\node (a) [draw, cylinder, shape aspect=1.8, rotate=180, minimum height=25mm, minimum width=12mm] {};

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}

And this is the output: Question 1

Using TikZ, currently the cylinder axis coincides with the labelled y axis. How to make it coincide with the z axis instead? Any value given to rotate can not achieve this.

I also tried this code with tikz-3dplot:

\documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric}
\usepackage{tikz-3dplot}

\begin{document}

\tdplotsetmaincoords{70}{30}
\begin{tikzpicture}[tdplot_main_coords]

\draw[->] (0,-4,0) -- (0,4,0) node[above right] {$x$};
\draw[->] (-4,0,0) -- (4,0,0) node[below right] {$y$};
\draw[->] (0,0,4) -- (0,0,-4) node[below right] {$z$};

\node (a) [draw, cylinder, shape aspect=1.8, rotate=180, minimum height=25mm, minimum width=12mm] {};

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}

But the result is very unsatisfying: Question 2

How to draw this with tikz-3dplot?

You could use transform canvas for that.

\documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric}
\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}

\draw[->] (0,-4,0) -- (0,4,0) node[above right] {$x$};
\draw[->] (-4,0,0) -- (4,0,0) node[below right] {$y$};
\draw[->] (0,0,4) -- (0,0,-4) node[below right] {$z$};
\begin{scope}[transform canvas={rotate=45}]
\node (a) [draw, cylinder, shape aspect=1.8, rotate=180, minimum height=25mm, minimum width=12mm] {};
\end{scope}

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document} Notice, however, that this is a 2D object, so do not expect too much, and transform canvas comes with a price, to see that try e.g. \draw[->] (a.south) -- ++(-1,-1);. You'd be better off if you use e.g. tikz-3dplot for this.

As for your 3dplot question: I guess you need to draw the cylinder by hand.

\documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric}
\usepackage{tikz-3dplot}

\begin{document}

\tdplotsetmaincoords{70}{30}
\begin{tikzpicture}[tdplot_main_coords]

\draw[->] (0,-4,0) -- (0,4,0) node[above right] {$x$};
\draw[->] (-4,0,0) -- (4,0,0) node[below right] {$y$};
\draw[->] (0,0,4) -- (0,0,-4) node[below right] {$z$};

\draw plot[variable=\x,domain=0:360,samples=180] ({cos(\x)},-1.25,{sin(\x)});
\draw plot[variable=\x,domain=-45:135,samples=180] ({cos(\x)},1.25,{sin(\x)});

\foreach \x in {135,-45}
{\draw ({cos(\x)},-1.25,{sin(\x)}) -- ({cos(\x)},1.25,{sin(\x)});}
%\node (a) [draw, cylinder, shape aspect=1.8, rotate=180, minimum height=25mm, minimum width=12mm] {};

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document} The angles -45 and 135 are just guessed, not optimal, and need to be adjusted when changing the view angle. This could be automatized but would certainly deserve a new question.

• It works and thank you. Again, I can not realize the differences between TikZ and a specific tikz-3dplot code. I edited the question with a new attempt with tikz-3dplot. It was not good, because I don't know it well. If you want, you can update your code, too, with a tikz-3dplot alternative example. – BowPark May 15 '18 at 18:16
• @BowPark I made an update to explain in more detail what I mean. Ultimately it boils down to the statement that TikZ doesn't have a true 3D engine. So you either have to cheat or switch to asymptote. – user121799 May 15 '18 at 18:26