Shapr3D is a powerful 3D design modeling tool that allows industrial designers to turn their ideas into 3D models. Previously, Shapr3D was only available for use with the Apple Pen and iPad multi-touch features, but that’s no longer the case. The latest release makes the tool accessible to mechanical engineers and industrial designers who use Windows devices. 

Shapr3D on Windows

Apple users have long enjoyed creating 3D models using Shapr3D’s intuitive and adaptive user interface. The direct modeling technology allows users to create complex surfaces and 3D geometries. And since Windows-powered Surface laptops are a popular choice for engineers and designers, it was only natural for Shapr3D to expand to Windows devices. 

Like Apple users of Shapr3D, designers and engineers who use Surface laptops can sketch their designs with a digital pen. However, Shapr3D Windows users do not need a digital pen to create their designs. The platform also accepts mouse, trackpad, and controller input—allowing designers and engineers freedom to use their preferred tools. In this post, we will provide an updated review of the platform and explore how Shapr3D can improve your design process. 

Modeling for Manufacturing  

Shapr3D employs direct modeling technology. Users can manipulate the geometry of the model by pulling, twisting, or pushing it. This varies from other CAD technologies, which commonly utilize parametric modeling. In parametric modeling, 3D models are constructed via a sequence of progressive geometry features. Users spend years learning and mastering the systemic, mathematical parametric modeling approach. Conversely, Shapr3D users quickly learn to manipulate the model as they are able to alter the geometry without having to edit the interim features.

Manufacturers are tasked with developing innovative products that involve increasingly complex geometries. These geometries are difficult to create using parametric modeling Direct modeling like Shapr3D gives designers freedom to create any shape they can dream up by simply pulling or twisting the geometry. In this way, they can quickly and explore many design ideas and variations.

The benefits of Shapr3D don’t end there. Shapr3D also ensures that manufacturers create the design documentation needed for their manufacturing environment. As of February 2021, Shapr3D added the capability to automatically create design drawings from the 3D model. This capability uses the Parasolid kernel for geometry and D-cubed engine for sketch constraints. 

The models created with this Shapr3D are watertight and manufacturable by 3D printing. Users do not need to clean up the files; they can export their 3D models as STL or OBJ files to 3D print their designs. 

Portable and Presentation-Ready

Modern design work requires more flexibility than ever before. Designers need access to their design tools wherever they are. Shapr3D provides the CAD platform needed to improve the design process right there on their iPad or Surface laptop. CAD users no longer need to be in front of their computers to perform design work. 

Increased flexibility allows users to design at work, at home, on the shop floor, or at customer locations. This is critical—especially for high-stakes projects. Not to mention, many projects require designers to take their work on the go. Thanks to this improved technology, designers can now update their models on the road. 

Shapr3D changes the way that your team presents designs not only to management, but to clients as well. Older CAD technology presents models in a bulky, unflattering fashion. Meanwhile, Shapr3D gives stakeholders a photorealistic rendered model of the proposed product. Stakeholders are able to give designers more specific feedback when they fully comprehend what the manufactured product will look like.  And designers can change their designs on the fly based on customer requests.

Apple users can also connect Apple’s augmented reality (AR) ecosystem. AR users can export the 3D model with the USDZ export capability, and clients can view potential products in an AR environment. 


Shapr3D is a helpful tool for industrial designers and mechanical engineers. This 3D direct modeling technology upgrades the way that designers create complicated geometries. Design teams can quickly ideate and develop better products. Designers can also access their designs on any device, which is crucial in demanding manufacturing environments. 

Manufacturers who embrace this technology could get a leg up on their competition. Industrial designers can spend more time performing the design work that leads to more satisfied customers. When properly used in design workflows, Shapr3D helps designers develop products that better meet customer needs.