Posted in news on September 22, 2016 7:43 am EDT

Tinkercad Puts Design into Play—On the Fly

Architects and other designers can put the random scrap of paper or cocktail napkin aside. When a creative impulse strikes and an idea or design solution presents itself, Autodesk's Tinkercad waits to help capture it.

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TAGS: architectural design, creativity, interior design, tools,


By Carol Badaracco Padgett

Tinkercad, a free online 3D design program by Autodesk, is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, kids, and a number of others to simply create. Interiors, prototypes, even jewelry and toys are among the creative expressions of its users.

Tinkercad’s website describes the tool this way: “Tinkercad is an easy, browser-based 3D design and modeling tool for all.” Its users can imagine anything and then design it—in minutes.

Shapes are the basic building blocks of Tinkercad, and shapes can be grouped together in nearly any conceivable way. Either 2D or 3D vector shapes can be created, and then imported and extruded into 3D models.

Tinkercad reportedly supports all 3D printers on the market that accept standard STL file formats. And users can also download VRML files for color printing. The design tool offers direct integration to third-party printing services too, so users can design in Tinkercad and get their prints shipped straight to them.

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