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Bring your idea to market faster with the SharkCAD products: SharkCAD and SharkCAD Pro. SharkCAD is the new standard with precision 3D digital prototyping. Explore new product concepts with unprecedented ease and precisely share data with manufacturing processes. SharkCAD Pro is equiped with a full mathematical constraint engine, photorealistic rendering and animations. But if you don't need advanced modeling tools and parametric constraints, try SharkCAD.



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Complete Tool Set

SharkCAD (Pro) is equipped with a complete collection of tools for advanced 2D & 3D modeling. You can draw with mathematically described geometry (NURBS) and you can use curves, surfaces and solids along and interwoven with each other. In addition, thanks to the automatic 2D drawings you will have your construction documents directly at hand with one click!


SharkCAD (Pro) is a very intuitive design package. It keeps the design history in a tree structure, so that you can easily find previously made changes. You can also refer to external files with the retention of the link. So if you change something in the source file, you can update this in your design directly!

3D Printing

SharkCAD (Pro) includes 3D printing tools to prepare and validate designs to make them 3D printer ready. The printing tools will check for common errors that will save you time and money.


SharkCAD is equipped with the following functionalities to offer you versatile 3D modeling.


Design History
SharkCAD registrates your design history very accurately in a 'tree model'. This allows you to easily find previously made changes and, where appropriate, make a quick change to it.

Symbol Library
SharkCAD contains a very extensive symbol library with over 26,000 3D wire models to refine your design. You can choose from the following types of symbols:

  • Architectural
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Industrial

Import & Export
SharkCAD contains a lot of import and export possibilities, so it can cooperate with almost every 2D and 3D software package on the market.

In SharkCAD, you will have the following import possibilities:

  • Images: png, jpg, gif, tiff, bmp, Adobe Photoshop, pdf and PICT
  • 2D Vector: DWG, DXF, EPS and Adobe Illustrator
  • 3D CAD: STEP, ACIS, DWG, DXF, CATIA 4 and ProE. SharkCAD Pro also supports SolidWorks, SolidEdge, NX, X_T ans X_B
  • Surfaces: IGES, Rhinoceros, 3D Studio, SketchUp (Pro), STL, TrueSpace COB, VDA and WaveFront OBJ
  • Other: Surfaces/lines by a text file, surfaces using a point cloud, FACT, facet and Text

The export possibilities are also extensive:

    • Images: jpg, bmp, PICT and RAW
    • 2D Vector: DWG, DXF, EPS and Adobe Illustrator
    • 3D CAD: STEP, ACIS, DWG, DXF and CATIA 4
    • 3D Oppervlakken: IGES, STL, TrueSpace COB, VDA, WaveFront OBJ, VRML and ViewPoint Media
    • Overig: 3D PDF, FACT, Facet, Text and CGM

Custom Tool Palettes
In SharkCAD, you can edit the tool palettes and create your own ones! Very useful if you use some tools very often and want to have them by hand quickly. It can save you a lot of time!

The Gripper
An intuitive graphical widget that attaches to your objects allowing you to dynamically move, rotate, and scale objects in 2D or 3D. You can use the gripper to drag and drop copies and to stretch or modify geometry.

Because SharkCAD uses XRefs, you can refer to external files. For example: if you have changed something in the source file, you can make it up-to-date in your design!

Modeling Tools
3D Printing



System Requirements



  • Windows 7 to 10 - 64 Bit

System Requirements:

  • Intel processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Video card1+ GB 100% OpenGL*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. We do recommend video cards with a nVidia Quadro or GTX chip. These cards support OpenGL very well and have qualitative drivers.



  • macOS 10.10 to 10.14

System Requirements:

  • Intel processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Video card 1+ GB 100% OpenGL*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. For Apple we recommend video cards compatible with a recent version of OpenGL. Integrated chip sets are not supported.


At this moment, there's no Linux version of SharkCAD available



Commercial Licenses

SharkCAD Pro

PowerPack Pro - Add-On
PowerPack - Add-On

€ 1749,- excl. VAT
€ 649,- excl. VAT

€ 495,- excl. VAT
€ 199,- excl. VAT

Upgrade Licenses
Educational Licenses

SharkCAD History

New in SharkCAD Pro v11 (June 2019)

2D Dimensions and Constraints
Dimension and constraint tools are now available to manage the geometric relationships between 2D shapes.

Feature Highlights:

  • Thirteen Geometric Constraints
  • Dimension Constraints
  • Variable and Equations
  • Constraint Animation
  • Auto Constrain
  • Animate Dimension and Constraints

Tool Icon Sizing
You can now modify a tool palette to use larger or smaller icons. Right click on the tool bar header to display a popup menu for “Change Icon Size”. This menu now provides options for 64, 32, 24 and 16-pixel sized icons. The default icon size is 32x32.

Layer Duplicate
A new command to duplicate a layer and all the objects in that layer is now available through Concept Explorer. To access this command, place your cursor over the layer you want to duplicate, right click, and select the Duplicate command.

 If you Duplicate a sub layer, the new duplicated layer is promoted to a first level layer.

SVG Import and Export
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. V11 now supports importing and exporting to this new format.

The new SVG Import/Export provides an alternative to using the Adobe Illustrator format for sharing vector based (scalable) graphics.

Note: For importing SVG files from Adobe Illustrator use a unit setting of mm (or inch) and a DPI setting of 72 to get the correct scale.

PhotoRendering & Textures
The PhotoRendering features provided by Lightworks in the SharkCAD Pro now supports rendering texture images imported from OBJ, 3MF, SketchUP, and 3DS file formats.

High Resolution Printing for Objects with Textures
Prints involving objects with textures now internally use Lightworks to generate the image for the printer, providing a high resolution output.

Skinning with Centerline Path
Skinning is the process of constructing a NURB surface between sections. Skins in SharkCAD can be open resulting in a NURB Surface or closed creating a Solid.

V11 introduces the ability to specify a path. The path defines the flow of the surface between the sections. Specifying a path means you may be able to define less sections which may produce a more overall smooth surface.


  • Path must be one G2 smooth curve
  • Path must be perpendicular at a section intersection

Simplify Curves
Some design tasks prefer higher order curves such as arcs, circles, and/or ellipses over lines. For example, sharing data with a plasma or water jet cutting CNC system or extruding a profile into a solid and later adding edge treatments. V11 introduces the Simplify Curve tool to assist in this task.

Convert Lines or Polylines into:

  • Arcs
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Splines

Edge Features
Edge features introduced in V11 provide a means to rapidly define parametric edges used in wood, marble, or granite designs.

Some predefined edge treatments include:

  • Cove
  • Rounds
  • Rounds with Beaded Offset
  • Full, Half, and Beaded Ogee
  • Waves
  • Bullnose, Half Bullnose
  • Custom Edge

Stopped Chamfer
Stopped Chamfers are a new solid modelling feature in V11. A Stopped Chamfer replaces an edge with a bevel, typically for decorative purpose. The bevel starts and ends by a user specified value.

Parameters used to define a Stopped Chamfer are;

  • Chamfer Length
  • Distance from Start
  • Distances from End

The transition rolls off using a smooth arc simulating the path of a router bit.

As with other features, the user can modify any of these parameters during the design process to explore alternative shapes quickly.

Threads (Precise & Cosmetic)
Threads are a common feature used in fasteners. Threads in SharkCAD are defined with the following parameters

  • Inner Thread
  • Outer Thread
  • Pitch
  • Length
  • Starting location

Precise Threads
Accurately modelled threads via helix on ACIS models.

Cosmetic Threads
Lightweight visual threads using OpenGL Textures.

Surface From Laws
V11 introduces the ability to use parametric formulas to design NURB shapes.

Formulas are defined by users specifying how x, y, and z relate to a parameterized equation (UV). For example, a simple Paraboloid NURB surface is defined by U and V through the three parametric formulas:

f(x) = U*cos(V)
f(y) = U*sin(V) f(z) = 0.2*U^2

Some predefined formulas available from a drop down for the designer include:

  • Sine Wave
  • Paraboloids
  • Moebius Strip
  • Klein Bottle
  • Double Spring
  • Barrel Spring
  • Hour Glass Spring
  • Sine or Twisted Tubes

PowerPack Pro: SPUR Gear Creation
This feature is available in Optional Powerpack Module. The spur gear teeth in SharkCAD use an involute curve. The involute curve is the curve traced by a point on a straight line with rolls without slipping.

Spur Gears in SharkCAD are defined with the following parameters:

  • Number of Teeth
  • Module
  • Pressure Angle
  • Cone Angle
  • Clearance
  • Involute Samples
  • Inner Hole Diameter
  • Thickness

3MF Import & Export
The 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) is a 3D printing format that allows design applications to send full- fidelity 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers.

Highlights of the SharkCAD implementation are listed below:

  • Supports UNIT description flag
  • Color Attributes
  • Textures (PNG, JPG) & UV Coordinates
  • Support for full color 3D Printing

VRML 2.0 Texture Support
VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language) is a file format used to describe 3D interactive graphics for the world wide web. SharkCAD supports VRML Export.

3DS/OBJ/SketchUp import with Texture
The OBJ file format was updated to supporting reading and displaying textures.

SketchUp 2018/2019 Import/Export
SketchUp (TM) has introduced a new file format starting with their 2018 & 2019 products. V11 has been updated to support the new formats as well as supporting textures.

DXF/DWG 2018 Import/Export
This optional add-on extends in SharkCAD Pro. Autodesk (TM) has updated the DXF/DWG format with the release of AutoCAD 2018. V11 has been updated to support the new format.

Note: AutoCAD 2019 uses the same format as AutoCAD 2018

Modeling Kernel Updates
The PunchCAD family of products are powered by Dassault Systems (creators of CATIA & SolidWorks) ACIS modeling engine.

Enhancements to ACIS since v10 include:

  • Improved Booleans (add, subtract, intersect)

  • Blending, Shelling

  • Local Face Operations (powers PunchCAD’s push/pull and direct face tools)

  • SAT, SAB, SData Translators

Direct Translators
In addition to an updated modeling kernel, all native translators were updated that include:

  • SolidWorks
  • SolidEdge

  • Parasolids
  • NX
  • CATIA v4, CATIA v5

  • ProE

PowerPack V11
PowerPack extends the feature set of SharkCAD with 70+ additional tools for Entity Management, 3DPrinting Editing/Repair, and Advanced Modelling. V11 adds the Mesh to Analytic tool to convert mesh data (STL, SketchUp) into precise solids.

New in SharkCAD v10 (May 2017)
New in Shark FX v9 (December 2014)
New in Shark FX v8 (January 2012)
New in Shark FX v7 (March 2010)


Video's, tutorials and more. Everything you need to get you started with SharkCAD.


A selection of SharkCAD video tutorials to get you started.

Magnet Tool

Mesh Symmetry

Pocket Hole Tool

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