First I would like to say that I love using shapr and so dies my students. It’s a great introduction to CAD and yet it’s very powerful. However, I wish there were more sketching possibilities to make this an even more powerful CAD platform that can compete with the big guys in a big way. Here are some of the sketching features that I really miss:
The ability to sketch in layers. Right now, everything that is on the same plane ends up on the same layer. For complex CAD drawings, a single layer can contain thousands of sketches. There should be an option to create new layers to sketch on but still be on the same plane and with the possibility of connecting and interacting with the other layers on the same plane. Think of how Affinity Designer does this with vectors.
The ability to calculate inside the app. Just simple functions like adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying should be available in the box where you write dimensions. For example. If I sketch a line that is 9,58 cm long and I want to add another 4,35 cm to it I know have to leave the app and use a calculator to get the new length when really it should only be a matter of hitting “+4,35” and that is then automatically added to the existing length of 9,58 cm. This is also something that is possible in a graphic software like Affinity Designer but not in the more powerful shapr3D.
The ability to chamfer and filet edges in a sketch. To do this now, one has to mess around with circles and the trim tool, calculating exact angles to get the circle perfectly lined up. This is very time consuming.
A better scale tool that uses scale instead of percent. One should be able to define a scale to a drawing, for example 1:1 and then also have the possibility to scale it to for example 1:100 or 1:1000. Right now one must calculate exact percentages between different scales.
I hope to see at least some of these features in the near future. Thank you for doing a great job with this app so far.