How Do You Make a Spiral Ramp in Sketchup?

Creating a spiral ramp in Sketchup can seem like a daunting task, but with the right techniques and a little bit of patience, you can achieve impressive results. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step, ensuring that you understand each stage of the design process.

Step 1: Creating the Base

The first step is to create the base of your spiral ramp. Start by drawing a circle using the Circle tool. To make it easier to work with, hold down the Shift key while drawing to create a perfect circle.

Next, use the Push/Pull tool to extrude your circle into a 3D shape. Determine the desired height for your ramp and enter that value into the measurement box that appears at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Press Enter to confirm.

Step 2: Adding Guides

To ensure accuracy and consistency in creating your spiral ramp, it is essential to add guides. Select the Line tool and draw a vertical line from the center of your base upward. This line will serve as a reference for aligning subsequent segments.

Now, draw another line from one edge of your base to intersect with the vertical guideline. This line will determine where each segment starts along the circumference of your base.

Step 3: Creating Segments

The next step is to create individual segments that will form your spiral ramp. Select the Arc tool and click on one intersection point between your base and guideline as a starting point for each segment.

To ensure uniformity in each segment, enter an angle measurement for each arc you draw or use Sketchup’s inference system by hovering over existing geometry or guidelines.

Step 4: Extruding Segments

Once you have finished drawing each segment, select the Push/Pull tool. Click on one of the segments and extrude it along the vertical guideline to the desired height for your ramp. Ensure that you are only selecting one segment at a time to avoid unwanted modifications.

Repeat this process for each segment, adjusting the height as necessary until all segments are extruded.

Step 5: Smoothing and Refining

To create a seamless spiral ramp, it is important to smooth and refine your design. Select the Scale tool and click on one of the top edges of your ramp. Move your cursor away from the center to scale down the edge and create a tapering effect.

Repeat this process for all top edges until you achieve the desired tapering effect on your ramp.

Step 6: Final Touches

To add some finishing touches to your spiral ramp, you can apply materials or textures. Select the Paint Bucket tool and choose a material from Sketchup’s library or import your own custom texture.

Apply the material by clicking on each face of your ramp. This step will give your design a realistic appearance.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a spiral ramp in Sketchup. Feel free to experiment with different sizes, shapes, and materials to further enhance your design.


  • This tutorial assumes that you have basic knowledge of Sketchup’s tools and interface.
  • The accuracy of measurements and proportions will greatly impact the final result, so pay attention to detail throughout the process.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment and iterate on your design!

We hope you found this tutorial helpful in creating a spiral ramp in Sketchup. Happy designing!