Friday Freebie: Create in 3D with TinkerCad!


3D printing is a hot tech topic these days. Unfortunately, we don;t all have access to a 3D printer. (At least not yet.).

But, that doesn't mean that our students can't be exposed to 3D creation. Today's Friday Freebie is a great free online tool for 3D design that's designed to be simple and easy to use - it's TinkerCad. Once you create a free account, you can watch a brief video tutorial, or just venture off on your own and play!

The system comes pre-loaded with shapes, letters, numbers, and symbols. Simply drag them onto the 3D table and manipulate them from there. You can adjust any of the three dimension (height, width, and length). You can combine elements into one and even add "holes" using those same pre-built elements. The possibilities are endless. Plane and camera controls allows you to twist and turn your creation to get a real 3D view!

If you do have access to a 3D printer, all designs can be downloaded in formats compatible with 3D printers.

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