By Ronald Baker
Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make. We’re the ideal introduction to Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Web application can be leveraged to design, create, modify 3D models for the use of gaming, virtual reality, and augmented reality application. The web application allows user to export designs in .obj and .stl file formats, which are data types that are easily accepted in a number of application, thus making it a very versatile yet easy to use and learn application.
An online account needs to be made on the Tinker CAD webpage. No installation of software needed to use application.
Recommended System Requirements
Tinkercad works with via Internet Browser, so there is no need to worry about system requirements
Accessibility: The estimated time for someone to create a basic .obj or .stl file for to import into virtual reality space
Beginner: No graphics experience | 30 minutes
Advanced: Graphics experience | 10 minutes
Power: The engine's power - i.e. how much one can do with this
Moderate: Extremely user-friendly but unexpectedly powerful.
Usage: Evaluation of software's use for the following purposes
Art, Architecture, Design -- main fields of use.
Hello World Tutorial
Navigate to the Tinker CAD webpage then make an account. After making and account, log in and create a new project. The create new project options will be below text that say "My recent designs". One you have create a new project, you will then be prompted with the workspace.
Once on the main workspace, you will see a tab the say "Tinkercad Basic Shapes" on the right side of the page. Select this tab then select "Text and numbers". Once you have selected the previously mentioned tab, drag and drop the text option onto the workspace.
Highlight the newly created object. Once selected, you will be prompted with a screen in which you will be able to adjust the text. Change the text to say "Hello World". After the text have been changed, use cursor to move and resize the object by floating over and dragging the edges
On the right side of the page, you will see an option to export your design. Select this tab and you will be prompted with the options to export your design as a .obj, .stl, or .svg file, which can be used for laser printing.