Tutorial - SketchUp Plugin - CLF Shape Bender

SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender

Have you ever thinking of bending a model to any shape according to your need? Now you can easily bend easily with this CLF Shape Bender. This tool is very powerful and it is really save my time to draw my model, especially when drawing a road / staircase along a path.

This plugin is very easy to use. What Shape Bender does is actually pretty straightforward: It takes any 3D object in your model and bends/stretches it along a pre-drawn path that you select. Simple, but unbelievably powerful.

Here is the steps to on how use the Shape bender to bend your model:

  1. Create a shape to bend. It must be a group or a component, select the shape to be bend.
  2. Select the Shape Bender tool, then select a single horizontal (red axis) line to use as the base for bending.
  3. Then select the curve that the shape will bend to match.
    Wait for it to think, then it will show a grid and preview of where your object is going to transform. Press the Up Arrow key to toggle the orientation of the bend.
     
  4. Press Enter to confirm the bend.
    SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender


Here are some of the sample created with shape bender:

SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend 3D Text


SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend a staircase

SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Spiral Staircase


SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender

SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend a road


SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend a road

SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend a road


SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend a road

The model created can be full of details. Thanks to Chris fullmer for creating such a powerful CLF Shape Bender!


SketchUp Tutorial | SketchUp Plugin | CLF Shape Bender | Bend a road


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