CLF Shape Bender
Bend a group or component to match an existing curve.
CLF Shape Bender

Create a shape to bend.  It must be a group or a component.  Then select a single horizontal (red axis) line to use as the base for bending.  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 to.  Press the UP Arrow key to toggle the orientation of the bend.

Access the plugin via Plugins > Chris Fullmer Tools > Shape Bender, or there is a Shape Bender toolbar.



not working on sketchup 2017

Dave S.'s picture

I just tried it and it worked for me.
I have had problems with other extensions, but this one works great (and very cool!)

I installed using extension warehouse from within Sketchup Pro, maybe that helps...?

It is working great! Thank you so much for detail tutorial as well.

kien t's picture

not working on sketchup 2017

good concept, worst execution plug in

i dont know intalling shape bender,please help me

I think I can help you. I just installed it and it is working great on my sketchup 2017.

Hello! Would you mind telling me how you got the program to work on Sketchup 2017 please?

i dont know intalling shape bender,please help me

I'm getting errors from SolidSolver when trying to make the bent shape solid for 3D printing.
First SolidSolver says: The form has been 'intersected'.
Next it says: There are 60 coplanar edges. Remove them?
At this point, SolidSolver has already removed part of the shape.
Can you help me with this? I would greatly appreciate it.

SU Make 2017: SCLF SB works properly. Thank You so much! System: Win 8.1 x64 Corporate.

Hi htere

wondering as a ground 0 beginner, where should I sart to learn if I just want to create a sine waved ramp with varied width?



This works fine in Sketchup 2016....Really cool tool...thanks Chris

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Fadly W's picture

thanks u so much -- sir

zack H.'s picture

why i can't download this plugin into my 2014 version sketchup.. please help .. thanks a lot

Hi Chris, this is absolutely great. Exactly what I would need, but ... :)
I´m getting everything to work up until the green indication how the final result will look like, so I know the thing must work, however... Once I push "enter" to confirm, the green lines disappear and I´m left with my curved line.
Am I doing something wrong ? The reference block in the previous step shows an all blue grid (not red and blue). Thanks in advance for the reply.

NO me funciona en sketchUp 2016?

Cecil Drakan's picture

Because it's not supported for SketchUP 2016. It clearly states this in the description of the extension, the highest version it supports is 2015, should you need to run it i suggest you "Downgrade" or just wait until the developer releases a new version of this plugin.

Lea la descripción compa.

Not work in 2016=(

Works for me.

Angelo F's picture

Hi All from Germany,

I have a problem with Shape Bender, using a photo as an texture in a shape bender element.

Where is it possible to ask question to an Shape Bender support?

Greatings from Europe


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Sophat P's picture

thank you so mcuh...


i am in sketchup make 2016 - i have to go into extensions to get the tool but it first asks for a straight line and then for the line to be on the red axis. - i have done this and nothing happens it keeps asking for this. what am i doing wrong?

I had this as well..I needed to reset the world Axis to its original place and draw a line on the red and then it worked.

Salem G's picture

same problem i've got
so what's wrong

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your contributions to the Sketchup community.

I've used Shape Bender in Sketchup 2015 to bend some relatively complex shapes and they've all been great. One that is causing me problems is complex and made up from a triangular mesh which was created in MeshMixer. After bending I get holes in the surface from where your 'benchmark lines' (does that describe them well) go.

Any fix, or is this a feature?

Best wishes, Jon

kapenske ..'s picture

Wow. Great tool. I used it to create an ACCURATE screw thread form, INCLUDING tool pull-out feature and end square to axis, without having to slice the final component

Link to model

THANK YOU!!! You saved me so much headache!

worst not working in my 2014 version

Hi Chris, I used the Shape Bender tool to bend a component, the bent image is quite different from the original. The original single image became multiple splitted images after bent. Did I do anything wrong?
(anyway I can attach a screenshot here?)

wonderful plugin!! thank you so much!!

Настя К.'s picture

Maybe somebody known why it doesn t work. It happens in the following way: i do all the things from video, but when i click ''enter'' it disappears. What i should do?

Adnan A's picture

Why not working in 8

Erhard P's picture

@Adnan A: Scroll down to models made with "shape- bender" - all made with SU 8 !

Faster are SU 64bit versions only when You have much RAM.

Tom D's picture

I am looking forward to using this tool. However the extension does not let me select a single straight line that is parallel to the red axis as the basis of the operation. I select the target group to be bent, then I activate the Shape Bender tool. The mouse cursor changes to an arrow with straight horizontal line below the arrow. Then nothing visible happens when I click the line to be used as the first (straight) reference. If I turn on the Ruby Console window I see the following each time I click on the candidate straight line:

Error: #
/Users/Tom/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/clf_shape_bender/clf_shape_bender_data.rb:255:in `line_picker'
/Users/Tom/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/clf_shape_bender/clf_shape_bender_data.rb:187:in `onLButtonUp'

As a test if I click on some other geometry in the model the extension display the plausible error "Please select a single straight line first."

This is with SketchUp Pro 2016. I have never used or downloaded this extension prior to today. I downloaded/installed Shape Bender via the Extension Warehouse window within SketchUp itself; no errors were reported, the process seemed similar to other extensions I've installed. I've quit and re-started SketchUp, which makes no difference.

is it works in 2015

Hayley L's picture

Works in Sketchup Make 2016, even though it isn't listed as a compatible version.

Grayson T.'s picture

I am having issues with it in 2016 curving text. The letters are curved but then are missing chunks of surface. Anyone else seen this?

Lorenzo G's picture

Yes, I confirm. I have 2016 too and it works perfecty!

Alexandra C's picture

Thanks, very helpful tool

Tony H.'s picture

I can't select the line next to the component. It either does not work or sometimes it says "please select a line that is drawn on the red axis".

newo A's picture

it is working in 2016!!!

George v's picture

I have tried many different ways to get a curved wall to match up to the underside of a curved stair case. Both start and end points work but then it is sticking out past along the center.

I can not seem to figure out why, I have dropped multiple points down to create the curve above but still does not want to work.

Any thought on what I maybe doing wrong.

I am using GKWare stair maker to create my stairs.

Sakshi A.'s picture

I USED it .... works... but my curved ramp is not formed on the curve...... it is formed AT SOME DISTANCE without any smooth curves

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Chris Fullmer has been writing SketchUp plugins since 2009 when he designed a free study course at UC Berkeley aimed at using SketchUp Ruby to make tools to help improve the landscape modeling process. Chris now works for Trimble as the SketchUp Product Manager for the Extensibility Team.