The AKU shaping software is a fun tool to use to throw together some surfboard shaping ideas. It is really easy to use and lots of fun.
AKU Shaping Machine

AKU Surfboard Shaping Software

Surfboard Shaping Software. The AKU is a machine used to ‘machine shape’ a surfboard blank.

The AKU shaping software is the software that was developed to use with the AKU machine (but you can use it without buying the machine too).

It is really easy to use and lots of fun.

The software is made for both Mac and PC and provides a 3D environment to design surfboards.

You can download it here for free:

It’s made to feed into a shaping machine but it can also help you with your custom shaping projects.

The AKU file is the file format read by the software, you have to have the program to open the file.

If you want to use the shaping machine then just take your file and locate the closest machine supplier and they’ll run the shapes for you. Check this map for the closest location. There is one in Ventura, California at

You can also output the AKU designs to PDF after you have customized them, here is a sample output from A Mini Simmons AKU file design.

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  • Hi,

    I would like to start the building of a hollow mini simmons but I am not familiar with AkuShaper. Could you send me a template (.bdr) on which I could work ? I am looking for a 5’5 to 5’10 board.


  • This is rad, thanks for sharing! I am 6’1 and 165 lbs, do you think this board is long enough? I have rode my buddies 5’2 and it felt like my back foot would miss the board every time since it was so short.


  • Hi,

    I’m trying to save me design but a get an error message 187.
    What can i do about it?


  • I’ve been surfing for 5 year and i used a mini simmons the other day and i fell in love so now i wanna build one but have no experience with the program can someone please send me a template to my email???

  • Hi Derek,

    Any chance you could send me an Aku file for a mini-Simmons? Around 5’5″ with a single concave like the one above but with a square tail would be sweet. I’m going to try to make a hollow wooden board. Cheers.

  • Hi guys

    I’m from Sydney Australia and am keen to shape a mini. I’m not familiar with Akushaper. Could you send me a template on which I could work? I am looking for a 5’8 to 6′ board.



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