Shaper launches two new products for woodworkers everywhere

Shaper Tools recently announced the launch of two new products for the woodworking and fabrication industries: Studio, a simplified design tool for craftspeople and Plate, a universal template and fixture for Shaper Origin.

In 2018, Shaper launched Origin, the world’s first hand-held CNC router. Since then, the company has been on a mission to simplify precision cutting and make it accessible to craftspeople everywhere. With the launch of Shaper Plate and Shaper Studio, Shaper is again demonstrating how intuitive digital workflows can integrate with, and aid, traditional workshops.

“One of the biggest challenges for craftspeople looking to work with digital tools like CNC machines is creating the digital files these tools rely on. What may be a simple sketch of an idea with pencil and paper can require hours or days of work to transfer to a sophisticated CAD – Computer Aided Design – program,” says CEO Joe Hebenstreit.

Shaper Studio

Shaper Studio is a simplified 2D design tool, which aims to focus on those features that matter most to craftspeople, short circuiting the path from idea to production, and omitting the unnecessary and confusing features that have crept into one-size-fits-all design software. Simply put, Studio helps users spend more time making and less time fussing with a computer.


Announced at the International Woodworking Fair, Shaper Studio will be released from mid September to everyone — not just Shaper Origin owners looking for this kind of streamlined design tool.

For £109 per year, users are given unlimited access to fonts and artwork, plus some really powerful editing features, such as Studio’s ShapeShifter — an intuitive shape combination tool that further speeds up the design process, along with the ability to save and export an SVG file, sync it directly to Shaper Origin, or use with other digital fabrication tools like vinyl or laser cutters.

A Lite version of Studio with limited access to fonts and artwork is also available free of charge, and a 14-day free trial allows you to test out the fully featured product. Studio is web-based, making it easy to produce and edit designs on your phone, tablet or computer. To learn more about Studio or start a free trial, visit


Shaper Plate

Shaper Plate is a universal template and fixture for Shaper Origin, and is Shaper's latest accessory to effortlessly connect digital designs with physical workpieces. When paired with Origin, Shaper Plate makes installing hardware and other localised precision cutting operations fast and seamless. Plate takes advantage of Shaper’s Hardware Catalog – a collection of Shaper-vetted digital hardware templates available on ShaperHub.

With Shaper Origin and Plate, installing a hinge, door pull, or other hardware is as easy as finding the file on the Hardware Catalog, aligning one of Plate’s four fence systems to a pencil mark, and using Origin to accurately mill the pocket in just the right spot.


Integrated with ShaperTape, Shaper Plate speeds up a huge variety of Origin operations, such as installing bow ties, corner rounding, machining cable pass throughs, engravings and more.

Shaper Plate officially goes on sale as of 14 September. In the meantime, International Woodworking Fair attendees are given a first look and hands-on demo. For those Origin customers eager to own one of the first units, you can sign up to get notified when Shaper Plate goes on sale and ensure you're first in line. To learn more about Shaper Plate, visit


Along with Shaper Workstation, Origin’s vertical and horizontal workholding fixture, Shaper Plate, rounds off the Origin Complete System. Shaper is offering a £100 discount on its Plate or Workstation along with the purchase of Origin, or a £150 discount when all three are purchased together.

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