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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
  • 8 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 RTX chip. These cards support OpenGL very well and have qualitative drivers.



  • macOS 10.11 to 11+

System Requirements:

  • Intel processor or higher
    Please note: SharkCAD is not yet compatible with the Apple M1 processor!
  • 8 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

Full License
€ 2499,- excl. VAT
€ 999,- excl. VAT

Annual Subscritpion
€ 999,- excl. VAT
€ 399,- excl. VAT

Upgrade Licenses

SharkCAD History

New in SharkCAD Pro v12 (May 2020)

Powerpack included in SharkCAD (Pro)
The populaire PowerPack 3D printing add-on is now included in SharkCAD and SharkCAD Pro. This gives you access to a collection of 70+ new tools, such as repair tools (e.g. holes in the model), modelling tools (e.g. supports) and general utilities that increase your productivity and make your designs suitable for 3D printing.

Mesh Booleans
With mesh booleans, you can now add/remove 3D geometry imported from e.g a scan in STL, OBJ, 3DS, and SketchUp file format to your solid geometry. Highlights of the Mesh Boolean Command: Add Material, Subtract Material and Intersect Material

Wrap (Imprint, Emboss, Engrave)
The new Wrap tool maps text or planar surfaces onto a 3D solid model. The results are perfect for imprinting, embossing, or engraving 2D shapes onto 3D surfaces i.e.

Save Layers with View
The Save Layers with View tool tool now includes an option to save layers associated with view orientations. Save View, Use the View and Restore View.

Import PDF & AI (Adobe Illustrator)
Importing PDF and Adobe Illustrator files is now possible using the File Import tools. Support for reading native .AI files that are based on PDF.

Spotlight PhotoRender
This new visualization tool creates a soft shadow directly under a group of objects. This is an alternate to the default PhotoRendering method that uses a distant light offset.

Angular Tolerance Updates
The Angular Tolerance interface has been updated to dynamically provide input from the Inspector dialog box.

Show/Hide Face
It is now possible to hide a single surface of a closed solid so that you can better understand the construction of a 3D model.

Split Mesh
This tool will divide a mesh into two portions based on a cutting plane.Split Mesh is an ideal tool for those working with faceted data along with 3D printing manufacturing processes.

New & Improved Import / Export

  • Collada DAE
  • SketchUp 2019 SKP

Weight and Volume Tables
Whether you’re designing an aircraft, automobile, or picnic table, tracking the weight of materials is a key control parameter in design. V12 introduces a new Bill of Material (BOM) attribute specific for creating a summed weight table.

New in SharkCAD Pro v11 (June 2019)
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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