Shapr3D, producer of a 3D CAD modelling app for the iPad Pro, has announced a $6 million Series A financing from top European early-stage venture capital firms Point Nine and Creandum.
Shapr3D is the first CAD system to run Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange on iOS natively, and the only one designed specifically for iPad Pro – with over a million downloads since its debut in 2016.
“I came up with the idea for Shapr3D because I could see the urgent need for a 3D modeling application that is intuitive and easy to use on the move. I believe that if you are using a tool for 8-10 hours a day, it should fundamentally be better than what is on offer to designers today,” said Shapr3D CEO István Csanády.
“We all want consumer-like apps at work, and sub-standard experiences just aren’t acceptable anymore. My generation, in particular, simply won’t tolerate bad software, and the CAD software world hasn’t changed in three decades.”
The creators of Shapr3D are under no illusions of where the tool fits into the product development process, and believes its easy to pick up and model ability make it unique in the 3D CAD arena because it enables early stage design, ideation and creation – helping to meaningfully boost design innovation.
Currently based in Budapest, the Shapr3D team will use this investment to open new European office locations, create new distribution channels, and grow its headcount to 100.
New hires will be a mixture of both engineering and commercial roles, and the company is specifically looking for a VP of marketing.