GfsSurface

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A GfsSurface is an oriented surface (in 3D) or an oriented curve (in 2D).

The surface can be defined implicitly using for example:

```(x*x + y*y + z*z - 0.1*0.1)
```

which defines the surface as the set of points of coordinates `(x,y,z)` such that `x*x + y*y + z*z - 0.1*0.1 = 0` (i.e. a sphere of radius 0.1 centered on the origin).

The sign of the implicit function defines the surface orientation.

Surfaces can also be defined explicitly using GTS files. For example:

```sphere.gts
```

When using GTS surfaces in two dimensions, the oriented curve is defined as the intersection of the GTS surface with the `z = 0` plane.

The surface definition can be followed by an optional parameter block with the following syntax:

```{
tx = 0.1 ty = -0.2 tz = 0.4
sx = 2.  sy = 1.5  sz = -1
rx = -45 ry = -5.5 rz = 25
scale = 3.
flip = 1
twod = 1
}
```

where `(tx,ty,tz)` is a translation vector, `(sx,sy,sz)` is a scaling vector and `(rx,ry,rz)` is a rotation vector (angles in degrees around each principal direction). Note that the translation is always performed after rotation and scaling.

If the `scale` parameter is specified, uniform scaling is applied along the three axis.

The `flip` parameter can be used to flip the surface orientation.

If set to one the `twod` parameter "flattens" the surface on the `z = 0` plane (this is used in 3D by the GfsRefineSurface object).

Several simple implicit surfaces are pre-defined:

`ellipse(x,y,a,b)`
an ellipse (an elliptical prism in 3D) centered on `(x,y)` and with semimajor axis `a` and semiminor axis `b`.
`sphere(x,y,z,r)`
a sphere centered on `(x,y,z)` and of radius `r`.