Shapelab

Add VR to your 3D sculpting workflow!

Create high-quality 3D models in VR with Shapelab

More than 10.000 downloads on Steam​
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Are you a 3D designer looking for innovative ways to elevate your workflow?

Why not add virtual reality to the mix?
A screenshot from Shapelab showing sculpting a dragon 3D model in VR
Quickly block out basic shapes, then create intricate details
A screenshot from Shapelab showing remeshing a hand 3D model
Import complex 3D models (e.g. 3D scans) and edit them in VR
A screenshot from Shapelab showing a Christmas tree 3D model
Vertex paint your creations, then generate and export texture maps
A screenshot from Unreal Engine showing a lion 3D model
Import your work in creative apps, game engines or 3D print your designs
More than 10.000 downloads on Steam​
5/5

full access for 14 days

Key features

Shapelab users

Youtuber BoroCG
5/5

BoroCG - Digital Artist, Content creator

“The most exciting part in Shapelab for me is how stable, reliable and innovative the remeshing algorithm is. You can create very precise detail with roughness and color and it takes care of all the topology at the same time. Incredible!”

Glen Southern from SGFX
5/5

Glen Southern - 3D artist, instructor

“I did some tests of blocking out full characters and I’m very fast with Shapelab which surprised me as dynamic tessellation isn’t something I’ve been a big fan of. Until now!”

A 3D model of an intrigued man created with Shapelab and Blender
5/5

Tom Aust - Sculptor, Digital artist

“Shapelab first hooked me with Dynamic Tesselation, which actually greatly enhances the advantage that polygon-based sculpting already has for me over voxel-based sculpting! It really is a boon to my way of working.”

More than 10.000 downloads on Steam​
5/5

full access for 14 days

FAQ

Shapelab is a VR-only 3D design application primarily for organic modeling. The robust polygon-based engine and feature set allows for creating high-quality props, characters, and concepts for applications, games, and virtual worlds, as well as digital concept art and storyboards, and for 3D printing.

 

For beginner 3D artists and aspiring creatives, VR has the potential to shorten the learning curve and open doors to solve complex design problems needed to digitize and improve their traditional workflows and processes.

 

For 3D designers, VR can be a helpful addition to the workflow – for quickly creating concepts or blocking out characters that can then be imported to other programs for additional work. Moreover, VR can be extremely helpful when inspecting and cleaning up large 3D scan data.

The minimum requirements for Shapelab are:

  • OS: Windows™ 10 or later
  • Processor: Intel™ Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce™ GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480, equivalent or better
  • Storage: approximately 800 MB available space

Shapelab supports HTC Vive, Valve index, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest/Quest 2/Quest Pro (with link cable) and Windows Mixed Reality devices. 

 

Although all the officially supported headsets are listed above, any headset should be compatible with Shapelab that can run SteamVR.

 

For the best performance make sure to tether your headset to your PC via cable. Air Link connection can sometimes result in performance issues.

You can find our user manual here.

You can import and export in FBX, OBJ, GLB and STL. You can also save your projects as SL3D (Shapelab project file) to keep the settings of your scene.

Yes, you can export your designs in STL, OBJ and GLB formats, which are supported by almost every slicer software.

 

Tip: Take care of your creations’ topology in order to get a printable result. Use the smooth tool often, consider voxel remeshing and you can also automatically close holes on the objects.

Yes, you can export your work in FBX, OBJ, GLB and STL and use them in other programs, such as Blender, Substance Painter, Unity, etc.

Many VR design applications such as Adobe Medium have a voxel based engine, which is absolutely suitable for 3D modelling. However, for characters, mobs and digital props, mesh based sculpting is usually more optimal than voxel sculpting if you would like to avoid blocky, rasterized designs. Realistic voxel models require a higher number of voxels than a polygonal model would need in vertexes. Using voxel technology also means that you are dealing with not only the surface, but every internal “3D pixels/blocks” as well. This takes a lot of RAM and forces designers to treat the design as a solid object, which means a higher possibility of human errors. Such unwanted errors can be small inner holes or stray material blocks hovering in the holes, which can cause difficulties when you are trying to 3D print the object or use it in 3rd party game engines. Since mesh modeling just deals with the surface, it takes less RAM and there are no “inner space” pixels you have to worry about. Our technology also makes it possible to vary the polygon density and detail in the same mesh. For example, you can design a character with a very detailed face and a less detailed body. This kind of polygon control is crucial when it comes to 3D asset creation for animations, games and other apps.

The primary function of Shapelab is organic modelling, and some features that would help cleaning up 3D scans are still missing, however it is possible to delete parts of the geometry with Boolean operations and fix surface errors with the sculpting tools.

While Shapelab may not be suitable for accurate retopology in its current form, it does offer several tools to modify the topology of your mesh. These include the Decimate tool, Voxel Remesh, Subdivide, and Regularize. Additionally, you can eliminate duplicate vertices using the Merge Vertices by Distance command, or alternatively, delete polygons altogether.

More than 10.000 downloads on Steam​
5/5

Explore a new dimension of 3D modeling with Shapelab

Easily integrate VR in your production pipeline and experience the fun of creating in a life-like environment

full access for 14 days