Win 1 of 3 Shaper Trace vector conversion tools – worth £109 each!

We’ve teamed up with Shaper Tools to give three lucky readers the chance to win a newly launched Trace toolkit, which allows you to easily go from sketch to vector graphic in a matter of seconds


The prize includes the Trace Frame, Artist Pen & unlimited access to the Trace App

Shaper is focused on making precision cutting easy and accessible to craftspeople everywhere. The company’s latest product – Trace – provides a simple method of turning a hand-drawn sketch into vector graphics, which are native to digital fabrication and digital design tools.v

Trace is the easiest vector conversion tool for hand sketches on the market, which essentially turns any smartphone into a high-quality vector scanner. A single sketch can transform into a multitude of different outputs in terms of size, material, or fabrication technique. It can be used in the workshop, and there’s no need to return to your desk.

The end result? A vector file (SVG) that can be used on virtually any fabrication machine, and no more getting stuck in the creative process with difficult-to-use software.


Draw. Capture. Make

How it works

• Draw on any surface within the frame size and place the frame over it;

• Capture and convert the drawing to scaled, flattened vectors in the Trace App;

• Cut with Origin or other digital fabrication tools.

What’s in the box?

• Frame – 338 × 248mm;

• Technical drawing pen;

• Free and unlimited access to Trace App.


• Centreline/outline trace – choose either option for automatic and accurate conversion of hand-drawn lines into a single vector path – no complicated steps or adjustments required;

• Built-in post-processing tools – select individual vector paths from a drawing, smooth your drawing and more;

• Preserves drawing scale and accuracy – hold your phone at any angle and the Trace App automatically corrects for distortion;

• Works with any modern web browser – quickly and easily access the tool from your smartphone or tablet.


Unlike a traditional scanning process, Trace uses the camera on your mobile device, allowing you to capture your drawing at any angle without needing to be positioned directly over the image

Technical specs

• SVG file format;

• Compatible with any modern browser;

• No subscription required.

Visit for further information on this new product. 

Please note the deadline for this competition is 15 September 2023. Note: As Trace has been launched as a Kickstarter campaign, the prize will not be available for dispatch until October 2023.



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