MakerBot's PrintShop app for iPad has been updated to version 1.5, which adds Shape Maker, a way to turn your 2D drawings into 3D objects.


Shape Maker comes as a free part of the MakerBot 1.5 update. To get started, draw something on white paper with clear lines and good contrast. Then, open PrintShop and select Shape Maker. Snap a photo of your drawing, and the app will make it printable.

Before you print, you can examine your item, seeing how it will look in 3D. Use the slider tools to choose which parts of your drawing to 3D print and scale to the proper size. The areas to be printed will appear green in the app, so once everything you want to print is green, go ahead and hit print. You files will be saved to the MakerBot Cloud Library, accessible through your personal account in the MakerBot Thingverse.

MakerBot PrintShop 1.5 with Shape Maker is available for download right now from the App Store.