How to Push/Pull Curved Surfaces in Sketchup

how to push_pull curved surfaces in Sketchup

Using curved surfaces can create really interesting and dynamic forms, but when it comes to modeling them, it can get frustrating. Ever wanted to change a curved surface only to find out there’s no way to push/pull curved surfaces in Sketchup? There’s nothing like realizing you may have to start all over. Well good news for you, there’s a plugin for that! Check out this tutorial to find out how to easily push/pull curved surfaces in Sketchup and model your designs with ease.

If you try to alter the shape of a curved surface without the plugin, you will notice that the push/pull tool will not work. A message from Sketchup will appear saying “cannot push/pull curved or smoothed surfaces.” Trying to move the edges won’t do you and good either. It will just deform the shape you’ve created. To avoid recreating the entire model, simply follow these steps to install the plugin!

How to Install a Plugin to Push/Pull Curved Surfaces in Sketchup

Before you can start using the plugin you’ll have to install it in two parts. Unfortunately, unlike most plugins, you can’t go directly through the extension warehouse to install this one. But it’s still pretty simple, and once you have them both installed, it makes manipulating curved or smoothed surfaces much easier! If you need help installing the plugins, you can check out this video to learn how to install plugins that aren’t from the extension warehouse.

Both plugins are from Sketchucation and you can find them here:

First, install the Freedo6 plugin from Sketchucation.

Then, you’ll also need to get the Joint Push Pull plugin from Sketchucation.

Once you have each of these installed, you can get to work!

navigate to push/pull curved surfaces plugin

File > Freedo6 Collection > Joint Push Pull. With your Sketchup model open, navigate to “file” and hover over “Freedo6 Collection” to select “joint push pull.” You can also get to the tool from your top menu bar.

Select Surface > Joint Push Pull. To begin, select the surface you want to change. Then, select the “joint push pull” icon from the “file” tab or your menu bar. Click and drag the surface to the desired new amount, or type in the amount you want to extend it by.

using plugin to push/pull curved surfaces

Enter. Once you have dragged your surface to the desired new size, simply hit “enter” to exit the command.

That’s it! Working with curved surfaces has never been so easy, right? You don’t have to worry about scrapping a model or settling for a different look anymore! No matter what you want to push/pull curved surfaces for, this simple plugin will help you get the job done. What kind of projects do you need to push/pull curved surfaces for? Let us know in the comments!

finished push/pull curved surfaces

If you missed it, don’t forget to download the Sketchucation plugins here:

Joint Push Pull

And be sure to check out this video if you need help installing plugins:
How to Install Extensions and Plugins

Happy Hacking!


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  10. 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

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  18. 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.

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

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

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

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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

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

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

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


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


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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. 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.

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