Create and share 3D designs online

3D designs to share, save, print & receive feedback using – Tinkercad

Create your first 3D project within minutes using this free online app thanks to some of the latest web technology which enable the use of a solid modeling CAD service directly in any web browser.

The apps interface is designed to get things done fast and does not require that you have any previous experience (or knowledge) about 3D modeling. The app simplifies the process by providing three basic but powerful tools that allow you to create a wide range of useful designs.

Once your design is completed, you can simply download the STL file and start your 3D print. The app provides the STL format because this is the industry standard file format specifically for 3D printers (accepted universally by different printer software and printing services).

The app also makes it ease for you to share your designs with friends and colleagues.  To begin sharing, simply copy the URL address displayed in your web browser. Send this URL via an email to any number of people (even copy and paste on your website or blog) to show off your design and/or to solicit feedback.  If someone wants to ‘tweak’ your design, all they need to do take and start editing it right on the apps website.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Add material to create outlines, shells and connectors
  • Draw lines to add more material rapidly
  • Remove material from your design to create holes, recessions or grooves
  • Change tool shape to create different marks
  • Align the workplane with existing surfaces
  • Push and pull the workplane to adjust depth and location of operations

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads (will need access to 3D printer)
  • No Installation
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Unlimited designs
  • Share with unlimited users

This app really begins to highlight where the web is going by offering what use to be a very specific and complicated tasks  and offers a free solution to anyone to try and without any prior experience or technical training. Although you still need a specific printer (and software) if you want to print  your finished design in all its glory, this is still a really cool and fun app to learn about 3D projects.  We had to deduct because of the limited export file formats.

To give it a try, visit the Tinkercad Home Page

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