FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Shapr3D designed for?

Our professional users include mechanical engineers, interior designers, graphic designers, CAD architects and industrial designers who use the app for initial ideation. You can see what objects and models our users have created in the Shapr3D Forum. Shapr3D is also great for 3D printing.

Can I use the app for free?

Yes. Why? It’s simple: We’d like to make the world of 3D modeling better by providing our app for free in the App Store. If you’re just starting out, or crafting things is a hobby – this is the right tool for you, and you should be able to use it for free. The only limitation is the number of workspaces and the quality of exports – that’s reserved for our PRO subscribers.

If you’re using Shapr3D for work, you might want to subscribe to the PRO version – but that’s fully optional.

If you’re using Shapr3D for teaching or research, you could benefit from our educational program. Learn more by sending a mail to education@shapr3d.com.

Is it compatible with my modeler? Can I import or export my files?

Shapr3D is compatible with all major CAD software (like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Rhino3D, Fusion360, CATIA and many more). This compatibilty is reserved for PRO users only. With a PRO account you can export and import STEP, IGES, XT, OBJ and high quality STL. With a free account you can export to low quality STL which is great for 3D printing.

Can I make something in the app with exact measurements?

Yes. You can set any parameter to have exact measurements (fillets, chamfers, sizes etc.). We support the following length units: millimeter (mm), centimeter (cm), meter (m), inch (in) and foot (ft).

Can I render my model in the app?

Currently, you cannot do that using Shapr3D. If you’re keen on rendering your models on your iPad, you could use, for example, Procreate.

Does Shapr3D run on the new 2018 iPads, iPad Mini 5 and iPad Air 3?

Yes. We are running on every new iPad that has Apple Pencil support. You can only edit and create models if you have an Apple Pencil.

Does it run on my iPad Mini / iPad Air?

Yes, it runs on the latest Mini 5 and Air 3, but you will need an Apple Pencil to use it for 3D modeling or 2D drafting.

The app runs on iPads, but without the Apple Pencil, Shapr3D runs only as a lightweight, fast and portable CAD viewer to showcase and explore modeling work on the fly.

If you’re using an iPad with an Apple Pencil, Shapr3D functions as a state-of-the-art modeler, enabling you to produce designs without limitations. Any device that uses an Apple Pencil will be supported in the future by Shapr3D.

Why the Apple Pencil?

Apple Pencil is the most advanced stylus we have ever used on a mobile device – it’s pressure sensitive, with a great latency and palm rejection. It was meant to be used by designers and engineers – and that’s exactly why we chose it.

Does it run on my iPhone?

No. Shapr3D doesn’t run on iPhones, because iPhones do not support Apple Pencil.

Why isn’t there an Android version?

We are focusing all of our resources on iPad Pro. It would take significantly more effort to provide the same quality on Android, which we don’t have at the moment. Read more about the reasons in this article.

Can I purchase Shapr3D Pro online?

Yes, you can. We have two available plans for website purchases. Both are annual plans, with a difference in the payment schedule.

Once on Pricing Page, select a plan


Annual plan, pre-paid:
a pre-paid subscription plan. You pay upfront for the subscription period. The Annual plan, pre-paid is renewed every year, at the end of a yearly subscription period. The current price is 240 USD/year (VAT may apply).


Annual plan, paid monthly: An annual subscription plan that offers you the flexibility to pay for the license cost in fixed, monthly instalments of 25 USD/year (VAT may apply).
Please note that this is an annual plan, the cancellation takes effect once the yearly subscription term is over.

What does your payment system runs on?

Our online payment platform is Paddle. They are helping more than 800 businesses with their subscription management solutions. You can learn more about them on their website: https://paddle.com/about/


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