Getting to your first body is always the hardest step, so we've decided to put together a short guide on how to get to from the first pencil stroke to your first model. The guide will show you the basics of creating a body and will point you in the right direction to get more info on specific topics.
1. Always start with a sketch
No matter the final body, you will always have to start with a sketch.
Sketches are 2D shapes, made up of arcs, lines, and splines. You can create them with your Apple Pencil and by using the Sketch menu to create relations (Constraints) between different sketches.
In order to create 3D shapes, you always need to have a closed sketch, just like in the picture. When a sketch becomes closed, it will get a light blue coloring.
2. Use your Pencil to extrude - https://support.shapr3d.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001416914-Push-Pull-interaction
The most basic method to create bodies is to
- Select a closed sketch with the Pencil
- Pull it up
This method drags your closed sketch along a straight line, it extrudes your closed sketch.
3. Use Tools to create more complex shapes.
If you want to create more complex shapes, like a pipe that bends, you can use one of the several tools made available for you in the Tools menu.
Revolve creates bodies of revolutions from closed sketches. You only need a closed sketch and an axis, the app revolves this sketch around the axis.
- Go to Tools › Revolve
- Select a closed sketch
- Select an axis
- Tap in the angle of the revolution
With the Revolve tool you can create all sorts of different bodies: spheres, cones, tires, pipes and water bottles:
Sweep is a more advanced option of Extruding, as you can actually create the line/spine you drag your sketch along.This will give you the opportunity to create complex shapes in a well-controlled environment. (In case of complex shapes it might take a few seconds)
The Sweep tool gives you the freedom to drag any sketch along any spine, it's great to create complex pipe systems and non-linear, curved extrusions like for a spatula handle: