Learn to use the newest SketchUp Extension from Thom Thom – True Bend! This extension allows you to quickly and accurately bend objects within SketchUp.
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Plugin Name: True Bend
Plugin Developer: Thom Thom
Plugin Cost: Free – I’m making a special request on this one. I’ve linked to Thom Thom’s donation page – he’s given us a lot of great extensions – go over to his page and donate a dollar or two.
Where can you get it? You can download it from the SketchUp extension Warehouse
This tool is designed to help you bend objects within SketchUp to a given degree or radius, allowing you to bend an object while maintaining the length of the object.
For example, if I bend a shape that’s 60” long along a 180 degree bend, you can see how the line segment maintains the 60” length even though it’s bent.
You can click and drag the red bar to bend the object, or, once you’ve clicked and dragged, you can enter a value in the VCB to manually set the number of degrees in your bend. Note that one of the cool things about this particular extension is that it allows you to bend objects up to 360 degrees, where other extensions, like radial bend in FredoScale, only really allow you to go up to 180 degrees.
In addition, you can also adjust the bend by typing in a distance rather than a set of degrees.
You can also adjust the number of segments created by typing an “s” behind any value you enter. This can get useful for things like spiral staircases, or other things where you need to bend based on a set number of segments.
Finally, you can also adjust if your created segments are softened/smoothed, or if actual, unhidden geometry is created.
One thing Box noted on his Facebook page (link down below) – https://www.facebook.com/BoxGifs/videos/687630354914502/ – is that as a default, you can only bend an object once because this extension stores some of that information about your previous bends.