- Torus 1.0
- Released July 21, 2010
- Requires SketchUp 6 or newer
- Windows or Mac OSX operating system
This plugin creates your garden-variety torus. You could spend five or ten minutes fiddling around with the SketchUp Follow Me Tool to draw a torus. Or you could spend just 10 seconds filling out a dialog box to create a nice smooth torus with this plugin.
You can also use this plugin to draw some interesting twisted tori. This is the shape you would get if you could cut the torus tube, twist the ends, and glue them back together. To notice the twist, the tube needs to have a polygonal cross section. But, you can control this aspect of the geometry by specifying just a few latitude lines for the torus. Below are some examples of a square torus being twisted by different amounts.
By square, I mean the tube has four latitude lines (the creased edges), with four sides (surfaces) in between, so the cross section is a square. The torus on the upper left has no twist. The next has one twist; if you follow one side around the torus, you will end up on the adjacent side after one revolution. The next torus has two twists, and so on. The last torus has five twists.
This plugin is accessed from the Draw menu (). This will open a dialog box to enter the torus parameter values.
The inner radius is the radius of the donut hole. The outer radius is the distance from the center to the outer edge of the torus.
The latitude and longitude lines allow you to control how much geometry is created. The more lines, the smoother the surface.
The twist value is zero for an ordinary torus. Otherwise, the twist is a positive integer N. The tube is rotated (twisted) by N number of sides (latitude lines).
If there is no twist, then the latitude and longitude lines are invisible to create a smooth seamless surface. If the torus does have a twist, then the latitude lines are drawn as visible edges, because otherwise you wouldn't be able to see the twist.
If the number of longitude lines or latitude lines is 12 or less, then they are drawn as visible hard edges. This way, very low-poly constructions are displayed as torus-shaped polyhedra.
When you click OK, the torus is created as a component, and the component placement tool is activated to position the torus 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.