You can import 2D and 3D files icon-add-import-folder.png that you want to view or modify in Shapr3D. To check compatible formats, refer to Supported file types.

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To import a file, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Import tool through any of the following:
    • From the modeling space,
      • go to File and then choose between Import as a New Project… or Import to Current Project…
      • or, go to the Add menu > Image icon-add-import-image.png or File icon-add-import-folder.png.
    • From the Dashboard, go to ProjectsImport icon-dashboard-import-win.png.
  2. Select the file you want to import > Open.
    Note: For images, you can use the gizmo to position the image, and the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency. Select Done to finish.
  3. Optional: Use the Move/Rotate or Translate tool to reposition your newly imported file.



Shapr3D versions earlier than 3.0 are no longer compatible with recent versions. If you need to work on legacy projects in the current Shapr3D version, submit a ticket to our support team for assistance. 

History settings

To manage the Import action from the History sidebar:

  1. Open History.
  2. Look for the import step you want to edit.
  3. Click or tap Settings (…) to modify the history settings for the import step.



Files you import are automatically added to your Items Manager. If you import a 3D model in STEP format, the hierarchical structure of the source model is retained in Shapr3D. Bodies grouped together in the same unit (assemblies, parts, components, etc.) are organized into nested folders.

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