ShapeBook and ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel

Detailing Dimensions Tab
Design Properties Tab
Material Takeoff Tab

ShapeBook is a reference and estimating tool for professionals and students who work with structural and miscellaneous steel. With ShapeBook you can work with shape dimensions and properties, produce material takeoff lists with price extensions for weight and surface area, search for shape sizes with up to 3 property keys providing the minimum and maximum values you need.

ShapeBook is available in two versions. ShapeBook for users on Windows 10 or 11 devices, and ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel for users running AutoCAD on Windows 10 or 11 devices. To download a 30-day free trial visit one of the Microsoft store links below.

The dimensions are shown in a fractional format matching the AISC Manual of Steel Construction and the properties include handy descriptions available by hovering your mouse cursor over a property name. ShapeBook saves your work automatically and opens with your work loaded and ready to continue where you left off.

The shape data in this version of ShapeBook is based on the AISC Shapes Database version 15.0 and is available in US imperial and metric units consistent with the American Institute of Steel Construction Manual, 15th Edition, plus large pipe sizes, and small bar size materials. Bar sized materials, plate, flat bar, round bar, and square bar do not include all design properties.

Included is the ability to enter plate, flat bar, round bar, and square bar with weight, surface area, and price extensions. The take-off material list will automatically expand and contract in length as the ShapeBook widow size is adjusted. The take-off material lists include a dated title, page numbers, line numbers, and column and row outlines. The material lists can be saved to files and loaded back into ShapeBook or imported into spreadsheet or database software.

You can use ShapeBook for estimating based on price per pound and price per square foot. A method commonly used by fabricators, detailers, and coating professionals.

2D3DSteel is an AutoCAD application that parametrically draws and models steel shapes. It includes many specialized tools for drawing and dimensioning steel details. 2D3DSteel will run in any version of Full AutoCAD. It will not run on the LT versions of AutoCAD. All of the shapes available in ShapeBook can be quickly and accurately added to your CAD drawings. 2D3DSteel has a ribbon, pull-down menus, and 7 toolbars to access 61 powerful new AutoCAD commands for use in your AutoCAD profiles.

2D3DSteel is an AutoCAD VLX application that draws steel shapes and includes many new specialized commands for drawing and dimensioning steel. 2D3DSteel will run in any version of Full AutoCAD. It will not run on the LT versions of AutoCAD. All of the shapes available in ShapeBook can be dynamically added to your drawings or 3D models.

Using 2D3DSteel with AutoCAD, you will have powerful drawing tools to quickly and accurately draw steel details, connections, and model structural and miscellaneous steel framing in 2D or as 3D models. 2D3DSteel has pull-down menus, 7 toolbars, and a new ribbon tab. The list below gives a short description of each of the new 2D3DSteel tool bars.

2D3DSteel RibbonNew 2D3DSteel Ribbon in AutoCAD

2D3DSteel pulldown menus as they appear in AutoCAD2D3DSteel pulldown menus in AutoCAD

ShapeBook is installed from the Microsoft Store. You can find ShapeBook and ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel on the Microsoft Store by clicking on the "Get it from Microsoft" buttons below. This opens the Microsoft Store's ShapeBook application page in your browser. You will need to log in using your Microsoft credentials to continue.

A better way to get the ShapeBook application is to open the Microsoft Store application and do a search for ShapeBook. You will find both ShapeBook and ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel in the search results. Please note, there are two different versions of ShapeBook on the Microsoft Store. ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel includes 2D3DSteel for AutoCAD and ShapeBook does not.

Once you are on the store's ShapeBook page, you can proceed with the installation of the 30-day trial. When the trial times out you will need to return to the applications page on the Microsoft Store and make a one-time purchase of the software to continue using it with your Microsoft account.

For ShapeBook Only: $49.99
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For ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel: $99.99
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of ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel from the Windows Store.

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