How to Create a Sphere in Sketchup

How to create a sphere in Sketchup

If you’ve ever wanted to make a sphere in Sketchup, you may have become frustrated to realize that there is no sphere tool in Sketchup. There may not be a quick tool for it, but in this beginner tutorial we’ll go over a super simple way to create a sphere using Sketchup! This method will give you even more control over what the sphere will look like since you are starting from scratch. Let’s get started!

Creating a Sphere in Sketchup

Draw a Circle. First, hit “C” on your keyboard to open the circle tool. Enter your desired number of sides. Click once to define the center point of your circle. Then either drag your mouse and click again to finish the circle, or type in the exact dimensions you want for the radius in the lower right “radius” box and hit “enter.”

draw a circle to create a sphere in Sketchup

Draw a Second Circle. Before you draw your second circle, type in the number of sides you want it to have in the lower right corner. The more sides you have, the less angular the sphere will look. For example, try typing in “10” for the number of sides. Click the center of your first circle and drag your mouse to select the edge of the circle. You can already tell that the edges of the second circle are very angular.

Delete the face of your first circle and select the path. Then go to “tools” and select the “follow me” tool. Then select your circle. As you can see, the finished sphere is not very smooth when we only use ten sides. To fix this and create a smoother sphere in Sketchup, try using a higher number of sides instead.

angular sphere in Sketchup

Draw a Second Circle. This time, before you draw your circle, type “100” into the “sides” box in the lower right corner. Hit the right arrow key on your keyboard to lock it to the red axis. Click the center of the first circle you drew and then select the edge of your first circle. The radius should be the same as the first circle you drew. You can see that the edge of this circle is already much smoother than when we tried to use 10 sides.

draw a second circle for a sphere in Sketchup

Select Path > Tools > Follow Me > Select Circle. Once you have both circles drawn, you can create a sphere. Select the edge of the first circle you drew. This will be the “path.” Then go to the “tools” dropdown menu and select “follow me.” Finally, select your second circle to finish the shape.

You now have a completed sphere with a smooth surface! Depending on how large your circle is, you may have to experiment with the number of sides you use. No matter the size, using this method to create a sphere in Sketchup will give you a smooth and accurate shape every time!

completed sphere in Sketchup

Still need help making different shapes in Sketchup? Check out this tutorial on how to make curved shapes in Sketchup or how to push/pull curved surfaces. What other shapes do you need help building in Sketchup? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Hacking!

24 Comments

  1. classboat01 October 17, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Hello there and thanks for your information, I have certainly picked up allot new info from right your post. You are also provided information about best tips for exam,Which is very helpful to me and other people also.

  2. mikemoreno September 5, 2018 at 3:48 am #

    thank you very much, verry helpfull…

  3. jogesh12345 August 14, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    Very effective and informative article.Thanks for sharing such an important tutorial.

  4. FLMIMA August 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Really helpful website

  5. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.

  6. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  7. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  8. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi , very good article.

    thanks for sharing, keep up the good work

  9. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  10. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  11. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    Nice post to read. A complete guide that can help all of us.

  12. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  13. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Nice post

  14. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  15. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  16. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  17. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  18. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  19. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  20. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  21. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  22. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  23. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  24. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

Leave a Reply