Tool Summary

Tinkercad allows its users to interact with 3D modeling software to design and eventually print specific projects. By placing shapes, texts, files, or pre-designed printables onto the platform’s workplane, it is possible to manipulate, merge and build upon given objects. After creating a model, or browsing the Tinkercad website and selecting another user’s project, the user can export their design for 3D printing or laser cutting. 

Quick Facts

  1. Price: Free
  2. Platforms: Available on all platforms
  3. Recommended For: Beginning users of 3D printing design software

Things to Know

Through Tinkercad, users have the option of turning their products into blocks or bricks, which strongly resemble the Minecraft layout and Lego format. This can aid in designing projects that need to be scaled inside Tinkercad, but translated onto a separate physical or digital plane. If the user is not interested in 3D modeling, or wishes to work off of designs that are separately sourced from Tinkercad, it is possible to import stl, obj, and svg files (as long as they are under 25MB). Even URLs are acceptable imports. The dimensions and scale of the file can be changed if they are too large. On the workplane, objects can be duplicated, mirrored, made invisible, lifted, aligned, and shifted. Grid properties, located above the snap grid feature, can be altered to scale to the size of the Dremel or Makerbot model being used.

Getting Started Guides

Lesson Plans – Available designs for the user to learn how to create on Tinkercad

PromoAmbitions Video Tutorial – Six part introduction to 3D modeling

Keyboard Shortcuts – A simple guide to moving objects around on the workplane

Additional Resources 

ThinkLab – UMW recourse for 3D printing and design tools

Thingiverse + Cults  – 3D printing websites

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