Five Reasons to start Shaping with BricsCAD Shape!

Five reasons to start Shaping

We’re getting compared to Trimble’s SketchUp a lot. If you head straight for that obvious comparison, you’ll miss our key differentiator. The core of Shape comes from the core of BricsCAD itself. The Bricsys products are powered by a modern, 3D direct modeling engine that creates solid models.

1) Shape uses the power of solids

Why are solids important? First, they are mathematically accurate. Second, they can be modified deeply and repeatedly. You can change a solid model radically and it will regenerate properly. We’re bringing the power of solids to AEC schematic design – free of charge.

2) Modify your Shape model deeply, at any time

You’ll get the flexibility to model freely. You can change any aspect of your model at will. Move a window? Remove a door? Change a roof pitch? Completely change the floor plate? Push/pull, drag or extrude – it’s the closest that you’ll find to “digital clay” for design capture.

3) BricsCAD Shape reads and writes DWG

The industry-standard for CAD data is DWG. Since your designs are stored in DWG, your concept model moves directly into BricsCAD BIM. No rework, no starting from scratch required. Reuse your concept design as the starting point for your BIM. It’s that easy.

4) It’s ready for BIM

We’ve always felt that a real building information modeling workflow should be smart. Capture your concept designs in BricsCAD Shape, and deliver your proposal. Move directly into BricsCAD BIM, where machine intelligence auto-classifies your model geometry. Build your BIM, then leverage the world’s best 2D documentation tools.

5) Shape is really free!

It is really, totally free for all users – commercial and educational.  It brings a set of professional modeling features to your desktop. These important features aren’t in other free modelers. In the near future, we’ll be releasing OS X and Linux versions of Shape, too. Start Shaping!

Don Strimbu

Don is our VP of Communications at Bricsys. He has spent 2/3rds of his life in the CAD industry. Don is a huge fan of (truly usable) technology, high fidelity audio and (really) well-designed machines.


  • Will I be able to use my Mac V-17 version of the Basic Bricsys on when it becomes available? I am an older Architect, now with a small real estate development company in the states, have been using BricsCad since 2015 and like it. I mostly prepare initial site studies, building planning and design concepts for feasibility, then retain an architect and engineers for the final project. Sketchup has been a great tool for me to understand the massing and composition of the project before we get to far in the feasibility phase of projects. Its been a bit of a pain to transfer the dwg files into the Skectup format and retain the detail I need to assess the over value of the project. I’m hopeful that I will be able to take advantage of the new Shape in what I do. Thanks

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