Studio of Bill Ooms

Bill Ooms

BowlShape Software -- no longer supported

This software is available to wood-turners free of charge! The purpose is to help visualize a bowl or hollow form in 3D prior to turning.

You draw an outline by moving several points (in the black window). A smooth line is curve-fit to the points. A 3-dimensional bowl shape is created from the outline, and can be rotated with the mouse to view it from all angles. The outline can be printed on a grid pattern and used as a template to turn the shape.

Important Note:

This software is no longer supported. Apple, Oracle, and Microsoft make changes faster than I can keep up with them.

The source code for this software is available to anyone who wishes to make their own changes or modify it for their own purposes. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, version 3 of the License. It was developed using the NetBeans interactive development environment which is available for free. To download the source code, see: (and be sure to read the README file).

The information below has been left on my web site for those with older computers.

Computer Requirements:

The software was written in Java, so it will run on most computers. It was developed on a Mac and was tested on Intel based computers (OS X 10.6). I’ve also tested it on Windows 7 (64 bit). For documentation, see the "Help" menu within the program.

You will need either Java6 or Java7 on your computer. The newer Java8 is incompatible with the Java3D drivers.

Mac Installation:

Windows Installation:

Linux Installation:

And finally:

If you would like to make a contribution to support my newer software development, click on the "Donate" button on the left (payment via PayPal). Thank You!

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This software is part of the Computerized Ornamental Lathe (COrnLathe™) project.

This software is Copyright © 2011 by the Studio of Bill Ooms.