Free Plugins for SketchUp

Spherical Spiral Plugin

Download SketchUp Plugin Spherical Spiral

Overview

This plugin draws a 3D spherical spiral that winds around the surface of a sphere, going from pole to pole.

It is Archimedean in the sense that, like the 2D Archimedean spiral, the windings are all an equal distance apart. For a spherical spiral that is not Archimedean, check out the loxodrome.

Usage

Spherical Spiral Dialog Box

This plugin is accessed from the Draw menu (Draw > Spherical Spiral). This will open a dialog box to enter the spherical spiral parameter values.

The more edges per revolution, the smoother the curve.

When you click OK, the spiral is created as a component, and the component placement tool is activated to position the spiral in the model.

The dialog box remembers the values between SketchUp sessions.

Installation and Removal

Installation Questions? Please see this SketchUp Help Article. To remove the plugin, just delete the file from the SketchUp Plugins folder.