3D Modelling

What is BricsCAD Shape? - Joachim's Journey - Part 1

By Joachim Corijn 4 min August 28, 2019

Welcome to my BricsCAD Shape Journey. I hope you'll join me as I embark on my journey through the land of BricsCAD Shape, the free 3D modeling software from Bricsys!

What is BricsCAD Shape?

BricsCAD Shape is a free, easy-to-use, native .dwg 3D modeling software designed for people who are new to CAD to help them get modeling in 3D straight away. It's designed with users in mind. If you're put off by the complicated workspaces offered by most CAD programs, then BricsCAD Shape is a great place to start. It offers everything you need and nothing you don't.

Once your free 30-day trial of BricsCAD is over, it will automatically revert to BricsCAD Shape. This is free for you to use forever.

The best part? BricsCAD Shape is available on all 3 major platforms: Windows, macOS, and Linux!

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It features many of the indispensable tools available in BricsCAD and BricsCAD BIM such as QuickDrawcomponent parts, and the Quad.

Once you're confident with BricsCAD Shape, make the seamless move to BricsCAD BIM, you'll already be familiar with the commands and your models will import seamlessly!

BricsCAD Shape file types

Open and save

  • .dxf

  • .dwg

  • .dwt

You can also import .skp (SketchUp) files, on Windows and macOS.

Exporting offers even more options:

  • .bmp
  • .dae
  • .fbx
  • .stl
  • .wmf (Windows only)

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This wide range of file types makes BricsCAD Shape ideal for creating 3D printable, renderable, and CNC machineable designs.

BricsCAD Shape minimum system/hardware requirements

Operating systems:

  • Windows 10 or higher (64 bits)
  • Windows 8 or higher (64 bits)
  • Windows 7 (64 bits)
  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or later (all editions except Starter Edition)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 or later
  • Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Ubuntu 14.04 or higher


1 GHz processor or faster, or compatible processor.


256 MB in addition to the memory required by the operating system (1 Gb or more recommended).

Hard Drive

250 MB (program files) +1 GB free space.


1024 x 768 XGA with true color (minimum)

Supported GPU*

More Information

*BricsCAD's non-wireframe render modes are based on RedSDK technology from Redway3D®.
GPU-acceleration. These render modes require a supported GPU (graphic processing unit), either on a video card or on the motherboard.

Windows All graphic cards from NVIDIA, ATI, and INTEL are supported by RedSDK.

Linux 3D graphics hardware acceleration in RedSDK is supported on the following video chipsets:

  • NVIDIA cards Use the latest recommended driver from NVIDIA
  • ATI cards Use the latest recommended driver from ATI/AMD

3D graphics hardware acceleration in RedSDK on Linux is NOT supported on:

  • INTEL cards, as opposed to ATI and NVIDIA, 3D hardware acceleration in Linux drivers for INTEL cards, is relatively new. We do not yet officially support 3D hardware acceleration on INTEL cards, although we are working on it!
  • Laptops with dual graphics However, BicsCAD Shape does work on some dual graphics systems using recent versions of proprietary NVIDIA drivers.

Next time

Thanks for joining me on the first stop of my journey to BricsCAD Shape! Join me next week when we will continue our journey .and learn how to download and install BricsCAD Shape.

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Watch the webinar "BricsCAD Shape in 10 minutes"

More CAD lessons:

  1. What is BricsCAD Shape?
  2. Download & Install
  3. Get started
  4. The Interface
  5. Commands
  6. Selecting Objects
  7. Transform
  8. Materials
  9. Components
  10. View Styles
  11. Layers
  12. Editing Entities
  13. More way to Edit Entities
  14. Arrays
  15. Dynamic User Coordinate Systems
  16. Export files and images
  17. Lazy Man's Guide to BricsCAD Shape
Joachim Corijn

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