3D Printing with Tinkercad

Because 2 Dimensions are not enough.

As we continue our Maker Foundations program at DHF, we are introducing our students to the fantastic world of 3D Printing. 3D Printing is a very cool technology that turns Digital 3D models into physical objects.

A nifty little Keychain I made in Tinkercad, then 3D Printed.

To get us started with 3D Printing, we are going to be using a web based 3D modelling program called Tinkercad. Tinkercad uses a technique called Boolean Operations to combine simple 3D shapes into more complex groups of objects. You can check out Tinkercad here:

The keychain printed above is the first project in 3D Printing that we have our Students complete, based on a premade template, as seen below:

Using this template, students (And Program Specialists like me!) can add shapes and letters to create custom designs.

Tinkercad is a powerful tool and a great introduction to 3D Modeling. More complex programs are also made by the manufacturer Autodesk, but Tinkercad is optimized specially for use with 3D Printers. Check it out and make some cool designs of your own!