flyingshapes° Product FAQ

What is flyingshapes°?

flyingshapes° is a CAD surface modeling tool launched in 2019 that allows users to create 3D sketches and refine designs with lines, curves and surfaces within a VR headset. We developed flyingshapes° to address the challenges that industrial designers face and engineered the app to save professionals time, money and resources during prototyping and early stages of design. flyingshapes° is one of the first and only tools available that supports professional-grade real-time CAD surface modeling in VR.

Who can benefit from flyingshapes°?

flyingshapes° introduces an innovative VR CAD workflow that streamlines industrial design for manufactured products, including vehicles, household appliances, electronics, furniture, children’s toys, food packaging, medical equipment, buildings, construction materials and beyond. Teams and professionals working across industrial design and related fields – including automotive, manufacturing, engineering, product design, 3D printing and architecture – can benefit from integrating flyingshapes° into their design pipelines.  

How is flyingshapes° different from traditional CAD applications?

Classic CAD applications require extensive training and take time to master, and they limit 3D design by requiring models be created on flat 2D screens. flyingshapes° was developed as an accessible alternative to speed up 3D model creation and design in a fully immersive 360-degree VR environment. With flyingshapes°, you can create and shape industry-grade 3D models with hand gestures as if they are real objects right in front of you, using our intuitive VR CAD workflow and haptic controls. Within our virtual design studio, you can even view and walk around your physical model to see it from any angle while the object is fixed in space.

How is flyingshapes° different from other VR design tools?

flyingshapes° is one of the first and only tools targeted exclusively at professional industrial designers that supports industry-grade real-time CAD surface modeling in VR.

flyingshapes° features industry-grade CAD tools for manipulating planes, shapes and surfaces to develop high-end 3D models for use in professional design workflows. It offers a robust toolset for precision and accuracy when developing 3D geometry, starting with an initial 3D sketch that can be refined with surface modeling techniques into a final 3D model.

The virtual design studio allows designers to sketch, model and review 3D objects directly in a fully immersive 360-degree workspace. Additionally, collaboration tools allow multiple users to create, modify, and review work in real time.

flyingshapes° supports industry-grade file formats for importing and exporting models from other CAD tools and 3D printers.

How can I integrate flyingshapes° into my workflow?

flyingshapes° solves inefficiencies in the design process by reducing time-consuming iteration cycles, from the initial concept, to the CAD model and through to the final prototype. Integrate flyingshapes° into your workflow in the early stages of design to sketch and refine concept models and prototypes.

Starting with an initial concept or idea, you can create a rough 3D sketch, then add lines, curves and surfaces to refine your model within a virtual design studio. Tools for positioning and measurement ensure precision and accuracy, while parametric tools manage quality for high-end surface modeling. Review and collaboration tools allow teams and individuals to view, interact and modify models in real time within an immersive virtual workspace. Once complete, you can export your model into other CAD tools or 3D printers for subsequent processing. flyingshapes° is an all-in-one solution for developing detailed visual prototypes with pinpoint accuracy.

Can I use flyingshapes° alongside industry standard CAD applications?

Yes. flyingshapes° supports import and export of 3D models in industry-grade file formats, including STEP, STL and IGES. Files can be seamlessly exported from flyingshapes° into CAD applications and 3D printers.

What do I need to get started?

With flyingshapes°, all you need is a VR headset, two VR controllers and a workstation that meets the minimum system requirements. We engineered flyingshapes° to be accessible to designers at all levels, with only minimal training needed to get started.

What headsets currently support flyingshapes°?

Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro. Support for additional headsets is planned for future releases.

What are the minimum system requirements for running flyingshapes°?

MINIMUM:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS
Windows 10
Processor
Intel Core i5-4590 | AMD FX 8350
Graphics Card
Radeon 580X | NVIDIA 1060 or newer
Memory
4GB
Network
Broadband Internet Connection
Storage
800MB available

RECOMMENDED:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS
Windows 10
Processor
Intel Core i7-6950X |
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
Graphics Card
Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB |
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
Memory
8GB
Network
Broadband Internet Connection
Storage
800MB available

How can I access flyingshapes°?

flyingshapes° is currently available for download on Steam. Once you’re ready to get started, install the app on a supported VR headset and check out our in-depth video tutorials to get up-and-running.

How much does flyingshapes° cost?

The fs° Standard version targeted at design studios and freelancers is currently available for a monthly subscription starting at 49€.

Is there a free version of flyingshapes° available?

Yes! We offer a free version for educators, non-commercial use or designers looking to test out the app. You can access fs° Free on Steam.

Are customized versions of flyingshapes° available.

Yes! We offer custom on premise licenses for enterprises. To inquire a fs° On Premise customization, please contact: sales@flyingshapes.com.

I have an idea for new tools or features. Can I make a suggestion?

We are dedicated to helping our customers across design industries and welcome new suggestions for app improvements. You can vote for a new feature or submit your own idea here.

Where can I find additional support?

We offer a variety of resources online with information, tips and tutorials to help users get started:

Website

Startup Guide & Tutorials

Steam Community

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