Shapr3D CAD Modeling

How Good is Shapr3D? The Shapr3D iPad & CAD Modeling Tool

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Recently I’ve been looking for a CAD modeling program that I could learn. I looked at a few programs and finally decided to settle on mastering the Shapr3D program.

Shapr3D is an excellent Ipad based CAD Modeling program. For a powerful CAD modeling program, it is pretty easy to learn. The program is intuitive in how they suggest to you can do next. I love how it is easy to navigate in 3D with the Apple iPad, Mac Book, and Microsoft systems. For the Apple iPad, I love how you can use an Apple pencil and your fingers to navigate.

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Evaluating Shapr3D: iPad-Friendly CAD Modeling

In my quest to find a user-friendly CAD modeling program, I explored various options before ultimately choosing Shapr3D. This iPad-based application stands out as an excellent choice for CAD modeling, combining power with ease of use. What makes Shapr3D particularly appealing is its intuitive design, guiding users smoothly through the modeling process.

The experience is further enhanced by the seamless integration with the Apple, Mac Book, and Microsoft systems, allowing for easy navigation in 3D using the Apple Pencil and touch gestures. Its approachable interface makes it an ideal choice for those looking to dive into CAD modeling.

Below are my reasons why I believe the Shapr3D program is an excellent 3D CAD modeling program used for design and product development.

Shapr3D is Easy To Use

Shapr3D is easy to use, especially compared to other 3D modeling programs. Shapr3D tries to make the user experience user-friendly. I found their instructions and videos to be quite informative.

One thing that I really like about Shapr3D is when I first signed on to Shapr3D, they had a 20-minute video that walked me through a design project. Though it took me longer than 20 minutes to figure out many things, I found this instruction of having a video right up front on my screen helpful.

Shapr3D is An Intuitive Program

I have found Shapr3D to be an intuitive program. When I am working on a project, the system then suggests to me the next step.

I have played around with other CAD modeling programs like Blender, Adobe Dimension, and Adobe Photoshop (3D). I have found both of those harder for me to navigate and learn, especially on a Mac laptop.

For a CAD modeling program, you need to have a mouse. I have an external mouse that I can use with my MacBook Pro, but it is not something I often use, as I mainly use the mouse on my computer. Because of this, found all these 3D CAD modeling programs harder to learn, or they did not have all the functions I needed.

Shapr3D is a Program You Can Take Anywhere

Other 3D CAD modeling programs most people use on a computer. Most designers are in their offices to be able to design.

I like how portable the Shapr3D program is as it uses an Apple iPad and Apple pencil. It feels more natural to draw out a shape or an item on an iPad screen with a pencil than using a computer. I also appreciate the program’s mobility as it is on my iPad.

Shapr3D Has Tons of Videos – Especially on Furniture Design

Shapr3D has a ton of informative videos, especially on furniture, lamps, and lighting design. In fact, this is one of the major ways that Shapr3D is being used in some universities.

If you go to their YouTube channel, you can find a series of videos on furniture and lighting design. I have found that they are doing similar items as I am is helping me learn Shapr3D.

Shapr3D Uses Finger and Apple Pen

One of the great things about Shapr3D is you use your finger to move the object around the campus or the screen; your Apple pencil helps you design the 3D drawing. This is very different from other CAD programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Dimension, or even Blender and I feel it gives you a more natural feel to designing a product.

One of the basic rules for Shapr3D is to move an object around on the screen. You use your fingers, but actually, to draw the object, you use your pencil. The computer program automatically knows which one you are using.

Shapr3D Gives Exact Measurements

One of the great things about Shapr3D is it will give you the exact measurements of an object or design. I find this very helpful when changing proportions or looking at a new design. It helps me to be able to see how an object will look in the proportions and shapes we have.

Shapr3D Has Colors And Now Finishes

Shapr3D has colors that you can use on your 3-D objects and many kinds of finishes. So it is a great way to be able to use the program to see how a product could look.

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Shapr3D’s Evolution: From Apple Exclusive to Universal Accessibility

Shapr3D, initially known for its exclusive compatibility with Apple products, has undergone a significant transformation to become accessible on almost any computer system. This expansion greatly enhances its flexibility and broadens its appeal to a wider range of users.

Despite this evolution, in my opinion, one of Shapr3D’s standout features remains its seamless integration with the iPad. The ability to use it effortlessly on this portable device caters to the needs of designers who value mobility, allowing them to work on their designs anytime, anywhere.

This blend of universal accessibility with the unique benefits of the iPad experience continues to make Shapr3D a top choice in the realm of CAD modeling tools.

Shapr3D Allows You To Exporting Files

One of the most surprising things about Shapr3D is that you can export powerful files for a system operating on your iPad. You can export data in file formats as Parasolid file (X-t or X=b), STEP, IGES, or OBJ with the pro version. There is also an STL export option.

Shapr3D also allows exporting other basic files, such as DWG or the DXF file. If you want to have a screenshot or a JPEG of your drawing, it also allows you to do that easily. You also have the option to download for 3D print and Apple AR (augmented reality).

Even if you do not want to do any CAD modeling, Shapr3D can help your workflow. You can use Shapr3D to open and view all kinds of 3D file types and make quick adjustments on your iPad.

We expect to see continued improvements in Shapr3D. It would not surprise me if, in the future, almost all cat modeling is done this way – using an Apple Pencil and your fingers. It’s much easier to work with an iPad than the older method of using a computer and a mouse.

Shapr3D is Not The Cheapest Program

Shapr3D is not the cheapest program, especially if you compare it to other iPad design programs as Procreate or the Concept app. Shapr3D does offer a full free version for students and universities that qualify under their program.

Shapr3D also has another free version, but this version only allows you a few designs and not all the functions. If you are very serious about 3-D CAD modeling, you will need to buy the pro version of Shapr3D. Shapr3D is about US$25 per month or US$240 per year.

Shapr3D is an excellent program to use for 3D CAD modeling. Not only is it easy to use, but all you need to use it is an Apple iPad and the Apple Pencil. If you are looking for a 3D CAD modeling program to learn, Shapr3D is an excellent choice.

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