# Difference Between 2D and 3D Shapes

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In this post, we will understand the difference between 2D shape and 3D shape −

## 2D Shape

• It has two dimensions- the length and the breadth.

• The mathematical axes are x-axis and y-axis.

• It is used to give a simple view of an object.

• The edges of a two dimensional shape are clearly visible.

• It is easy to draw the details of a two dimensional shape.

• They are easy to explain due to the clarity of the edges.

• It is easy to draw two dimensional shapes.

• Examples include circle, rectangle, and square.

## 3D Shape

• It has three dimensions- the length, breadth and the height.

• The mathematical axes are x-axis, y-axis and z-axis.

• It is used to give an architectural view of an object.

• All the edges of a three dimensional shape are not clearly visible, some are hidden.

• It is difficult to draw the details of a three dimensional shape.

• Only the outer dimensions can be explained.

• It is difficult to draw three dimensional shapes.

• Examples include cylinder, cuboid, cube, prism.