ShapeBook is available in two versions. ShapeBook for Windows 10 devices, and ShapeBookWith2D3DSteel for Windows 10 devices running AutoCAD.

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.

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. 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 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.

Detailing Dimensions Tab
Design Properties Tab
Material Takeoff Tab

2D3DSteel is an AutoCAD application that parametrically draws and models steel shapes. It includes many specialized tools 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 quickly and accurately added to your CAD drawings. Using 2D3DSteel with AutoCAD, you will have powerful drawing tools to quickly and accurately draw steel details, connections, and model structural steel framing. 2D3DSteel has pull-down menus, 7 toolbars, and a new ribbon tab.

2D3DSteel RibbonNew 2D3DSteel Ribbon in AutoCAD

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

Using AutoCAD with 2D3DSteel, you will have the tools to accurately draw or model 2D and 3D structural steel framing and connections. You can use 2D3DSteel to draw your sections and details or to draw structural 3D models using 3D solids created by 2D3DSteel and ShapeBook.

Please Note: The procedure for adding 2D3DSteel to your AutoCAD Startup Suite is documented in the ShapeBook software and help is available on the About tab.


Column Details drawn using 2D3DSteel
3D model created with 2D3DSteel
Roof Plan drawn using 2D3DSteel

Previous version of ShapeBook:

ShapeBook 2009 with 2D3DSteel

Detailing Dimensions Tab
Design Properties Tab
Search and Calculate Tab
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ShapeBook is a structural steel shape size reference software tool with dimensions, design properties, 3-key search, material lists with pricing, and dynamic 2D & 3D steel shapes modeling in AutoCAD. We created a versatile productivity tool for commercial and industrial steel design, engineering, estimating, detailing, fabrication, and erection. ShapeBook is based on the AISC Steel Construction Manual 13th Edition. In addition we have added large pipe sizes, small bar size materials, plate, flat bar, round bar, and square bar. ShapeBook is a powerful structural steel estimating and quick reference tool for steel industry professionals and students. Dimensions and design properties are displayed in ShapeBooks' corresponding display tabs. ShapeBook uses AISC criteria for determining the approximate detailing dimensions in fractional inches. Design properties are shown in decimal format according to the tool tip definition available by hovering over any of the values.

ShapeBook is a powerful estimating tool for estimating the cost of steel, and coatings. The Calculator Material List extends the weight, surface area, and pricing (price per pound or kilogram) and (price per square foot or square meter of surface area). You use the weight and surface area calculator on the selected shape by entering the quantity, length, weight price, surface price, and clicking the "Calculate" button. Total weight and surface area are displayed and if the "Add to Calculator Material List" check box is checked the entry is added or inserted into your Calculator Material List. Total weight, total surface area, total price per pound or kilogram, and total price per square foot or meter of surface area are displayed on the totals line at the bottom of the list. The totals line is updated instantly with any change that you make to the material list.

The calculator material list items can be easily modified as needed. This tab supports multiple line hover selection similar to Windows Explorer. List items can be re-priced, inserted, deleted, sorted, or dragged to a new location. Clicking on any column title will do an alphabetical sort using the selected column. Lists can be saved to files on your hard drive and loaded back into ShapeBook or imported into spreadsheet or database software. List files can be opened in any text editor and material in one list can be cut and pasted to another and then loaded back into ShapeBook with all line numbers and totals updated. A Print Calc List command prints the list with a user title, date, page numbers, line numbers, and includes column and row outlines.

A hierarchical shape selection list allows you to open and close groups of shape names, based on shape type, and the depth & weight/width properties. You can scroll up and down through the open groups and select a shape by clicking on any shape name in the list. Each selection is displayed and added to your shape selection list. Shape selection lists can be saved to a file, and the current list and shape selection can be automatically saved when you exit and then automatically restored the next time you run ShapeBook. Your shape selection list and the currently selected shape are automatically converted to metric or US imperial units whenever the units mode is changed.

You can search and select shapes using up to 3 search keys, each with a separate property with minimum and maximum values. It can be used to find a set of available shape sizes that fit within your search parameters. ShapeBook includes a US imperial to metric cross reference chart and you can view the raw US imperial or metric AISC database data for reference. ShapeBook has a new toolbar command that windows task switches to the last application to have focus. This allows you to switch back to the last application you were using in one mouse click.

ShapeBook also includes a fully functional 30 day trial of the 2D3DSteel AutoCAD Application. If you use any of the full versions of AutoCAD, you can use the 2D3DSteel software to draw 2D and 3D structural and miscellaneous steel details and vastly improve your productivity working in AutoCAD.