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Get Started with BIM For Free Using BricsCAD Shape

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4 Aug 2022

If you're looking for a free way to open, edit and export native AutoCAD .dwg, .dxf, .dwt files or SketchUp native .skp files, then you have come to the right place.

With BricsCAD Shape (free forever) it is possible to open .dwg, .dxf, .dwt, and .skp files, edit, and export them to a number of different file types, all completely free. The good news is that BricsCAD Shape works on Windows, Mac, and Linux!

When downloading BricsCAD 30-day trial installer, you also get BricsCAD Shape. When the trial period of the full version of BricsCAD is over, you can still use BricsCAD Shape for free.

Get Started with BIM For Free Using BricsCAD Shape

Your first step into the world of 3D design and BIM

BricsCAD Shape lets you create 3D concepts and prototypes for architecture, mechanical assemblies, 3D printing, and more. Your designs are saved in DWG, and they open directly in any CAD tool that supports DWG, including BricsCAD Pro, BIM and Mechanical.

Import directly from Trimble SketchUp

When you import SKP files into BricsCAD Shape, they are automatically stitched into solids. BricsCAD Shape supports the latest versions of SKP files for import.

Convert your design directly to BIM

Anything you design in BricsCAD Shape will open directly in BricsCAD BIM for classification and detailing. Develop your designs with PROPAGATE and AutoMatch workflows and get to construction documentation faster and easier than you'd imagine.

All in a familiar DWG platform

BricsCAD Shape is based on the .DWG file format, just like BricsCAD. The models you create in Shape can be opened in any .DWG-based CAD system. You can also open and save .DXF files for collaboration with vector-based applications like Adobe Illustrator and many CNC machine tool programming products.

Powerful 3D modeling tools

BricsCAD Shape lets you create anything, with the power of BricsCAD’s direct modeling engine. Sculpt your ideas immediately in free-form solids. Start with 3D primitives, then push and pull faces and edges by simply moving your mouse. Key in dimensions as required, sketch 2D profiles and extrude, and sweep or revolve them into 3D solids.

Smart architectural tools
BricsCAD Shape is the perfect concept modeler to quickly create architectural prototypes. Create 3D building layouts with Quickdraw. Generate custom stairs automatically. Insert parametric windows and doors to go from massing model to building model in record time.

Work on-line or off-line
Other free modeling products run in a browser and need an internet connection to run. After you download BricsCAD Shape, it installs and runs on your PC or Mac. No internet connection required to create your best designs on the go.

Direct command access
BricsCAD’s unique Quad cursor is a “head-up” command palette that appears on your screen and displays tool icons, based on the entity beneath your cursor. The Quad predicts your command usage and offers one-click access to the command you’ll need next.

The Manipulator gives you direct access to move, rotate, scale and mirror faces, edges and shapes. It gives you the power of multiple commands in a single, intuitive tool without needing to select commands

Present your ideas

Sharing your designs has never been easier. BricsCAD Shape is a great way to share your designs, with visual styles and material definitions. Create, share, modify and make your ideas real with one, free product – BricsCAD Shape.


BricsCAD Shape comes with a library of 3D components and materials to help you present your ideas. Need more? Open 3D .DWG files from any CAD program or import 3D models from Trimble’s SketchUp.


You can easily model your own components and add them to Shape’s component panel.

Visual Styles

Present your models the way you want with Visual styles. You can choose between multiple styles: Realistic, Sketchy, Maquette, X-Ray and more.


BricsCAD Shape exports industry-standard file formats for rendering, animation and manufacturing. Choose FBX format to work with digital content creators, Collada for digital asset exchange and STL for output to stereolithography machines.

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