Thanks for everyones solutions, I actually got too frustrated trying to make shape bender work, I downloaded another extension called true bend and I was able to achieve the bend I was hoping for. I will try your suggestions to make shape bender and option for the future. Thanks again!
The tool allows you to specify what area to be fit along a path and the shape bender plugin automatically fits the object along the path. And you have control of flipping the object either inside or outside the path area. Sometimes you will need to play with the location of the object by pressing the up and down arrows. The plugin works well but it is very important to note that the object to be fitted should be a group or component and the line describing the objects length should be on the RED axis. And we found that if you create the line on lets say the green axis and then rotate it to the red, it will not work. The line actually has be created on the red axis. Another limitation is that this only works on a open curve, it cannot be curved, thus a complete circle will not work. But if you create a little opening (like we did in the image above) then it will work.
This is another useful sketchup extension tutorial presented by Justin Geis. The tutorial will provide some useful assistance to generate Hexagonal Lattice Shapes with the use of sketchup and shape bender.
The tool facilitates the users to indicate the specific area to be fit along a path and the shape bender plugin automatically sets the object along the path. The users can keep control of flipping the object either inside or outside the path area.
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CLF Shape Bender is one of those tools you cannot work without. This plugin allows you to bend your shapes in whichever way you want. You must draw the shape you want your objects to bend in, and the tool will do the rest for you. There is no more need to manually move the objects around and spend your time trying to make them perfect.
I tried your link: -contact-page2/ But it is broken. I have downloaded first the Progressbar.rb into the Plugins folder, then your Shape Bender program into the plugins folder as well. I got the shape bender icon on my toolbar. I built a cone and saved it as a component. When I select the component, I click on the Shape Bender button, but when I move my mouse pointer from the toolbar to the component, the blue lines around the component disappear, and the mouse icon now contains a line below the arrow. However, I can not effect anything on the screen.
Yes, Shape bender and SU to Components for Sketchup are invaluable. Would be so nice to get those in Microstation. By the way most of the nice sketchup additions are plugins..Why is there no such thing in Microstation.There were some back in the times...should be easy to write in VBA.
Created by 3dalbertsoft, this plugin lets the user select a predefined shape and a curve to make a helical turbine. Then a dialog box enables the user to choose multiple parameters to make the ultimate shape. 2b1af7f3a8