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3D Modeling Basics Using Tinkercad.com
This guide provides a beginners introduction for learning to use the free web-based 3D modeling design tool Tinkercad.com.
The following aspects of Tinkercad are explored:
- Web browser choice and creating a Tinkercad account
- Workspace set up
- Mouse control
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Working with objects
- Exporting your design
3D modeling is the process of creating a mathematical representation of a three dimensional surface of a physical object. While 3D modeling used to be a domain for experts, innovations in software development are lowering the barrier for the expertise required to design 3D models. Tinkercad is widely regarded as a tool that simplifies the 3D modeling process while being very powerful at the same time.
HSHSL's Innovation Space provides access to and instructional support for 3D modeling software such as:
- Afinia 3D (desktop)
- MakerBot (desktop)
- Netfabb Basic (desktop)
- Netfabb Cloud (web)
- Tinkercad (web)
These software allow you to create 3D models from scratch and/or modify existing models. When your model is complete it can be printed using the Innovation Space's 3D printers.