Right after I logged into Tinkercad, it looked like a modern web-based game. To understand almost all the tools, I just had to move the mouse cursor over different parts of the interface.
Best suited for modeling projects that don’t require complex parts. Tinkercad is great for beginners and hobbyists who want to get started with 3D design without a large investment of time or money.
Tinkercad offers three types of designs:
- 3D Designs: Stands for solid modeling workspace. Can be transformed into different modes such as the Minecraft-compatible one.
- Circuits: Premade components and virtual circuit tools to simulate real life experiences.
- Codeblocks: Introduces users to visual programming. Pre-coded for starters to drag-and-drop while designing a model.
It is widely used to create 3D printer models and simple animations.
Details: Sign up for free using your email address or social media account. After logging in, you will see your dashboard where you can manage your projects, join a class, or create a new design.
- Go to the tinkercad.com website.
- Log in using your Autodesk credentials.
- Under “Your designs”, click the plus sign to start creating a design.
The user interface is divided into 3 parts, from left to right (navigation, editing, and object settings).
There are 3 different modes (workspaces) that I can switch between:
- 3D Design.
It’s important to note that TinkerCAD is not meant as an alternative to more powerful CAD software such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks. Rather, it’s an excellent way to get started creating your own projects without having to pay a hefty price tag upfront.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to model something but don’t know where to begin with traditional CAD programs then this web-based application is exactly what you’re looking for!
You can create models and blueprints from scratch without having to download any software or plugins.
Log in to the Tinkercad interface from any computer or phone, save your projects online to your Autodesk account, and access them from any device with Internet access anywhere in the world.