Shapr3D supports augmented reality (AR) which allows you to visualize your 3D model in the real world on your camera-equipped device by creating a virtual prototype of your design. With AR technology, you can see exactly how your design will look in its intended place.
This kind of visualization provides great feedback on different design aspects, from dimensions to aesthetics, giving you more insight into your prototype design at any point in your workflow. If you see something that could be tweaked or doesn’t quite match up with what you imagined, you can make the required adjustments immediately.
To use the AR feature, you need a device with a rear-facing camera that supports Augmented Reality. This includes most modern smartphones, all iPadOS, and a few Windows tablets.
There are three main ways to use AR:
- On iPadOS devices, you can launch an AR preview directly from the app.
- Export your design to the Webviewer and open the link with your smartphone.
- Export your design in a suitable format and use a 3rd party application.
AR previews on iPads
If you are on an iPad, AR preview can be accessed in multiple ways:
- While in Visualization, select the AR icon at the top.
- In your design space, go to Export > Usage tab > Augmented Reality > Preview 3D Model
- In your design space select Share > Share & Embed > Export Design > Preview 3D Model
To use AR, simply aim your device's camera to a setting in which you want to visualize your model.
Use your touch to freely move and scale the model so it fits better in your environment.
You can also check the rendered model and zoom in on the details by selecting the Object tab at the top.
Return to the AR tab and select the Shutter button to capture the screen. The exported image will automatically save to your gallery.
Using a smartphone via the Webviewer
This is the easiest way if you are designing on a laptop or a desktop computer without a rear-facing camera.
- Enable Sync.
- In your design space, select Share.
- Under the Share & Embed tab, select Create Link.
- Open the link on your smartphone.
- Apple Continuity, Microsoft Phone Link and Microsoft Edge Sync are features that make it very easy.
- Alternatively, you can open the link in your desktop browser, click the AR button and read the QR code on the screen with your phone camera.
- Tap the AR icon in your mobile browser.
Exporting your design and using a 3rd-party application
You can also export your designs in a suitable format and open it in 3rd-party applications that support Augmented Reality previews, such as Microsoft 3D Viewer, Apple Quick Look or Adobe Aero.
The best visual quality can be achieved through the USDZ format, currently only available on Apple platforms. 3MF is widely supported but at the moment we don’t include materials or colors set in Visualization in the export.
To learn more about exporting in different formats, see Export files.
To learn more about AR, watch our introduction video: