Tinkercad: The Online Software to Start 3D Modeling

Published on September 2, 2023 by Carlota V.

The first of the four fundamental steps in the additive manufacturing process is design. As such, as might be expected, today there are many software tools available to create 3D models. One of the most popular online 3D design solutions in the 3D printing community today is TinkerCAD. It is an online collection of software tools from Autodesk that enable complete beginners to create 3D models. This CAD software is based on constructive solid geometry (CSG), which allows users to create complex models by combining simpler objects together. As a result, this 3D modeling software is user-friendly and currently enjoyed by many, particularly teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers. Best of all, it’s free and only requires an internet connection. The software allows users to create models that are compatible with 3D printing, a great option for beginners to the technology.

Tinkercad is a good alternative to other 3D modeling software such as SketchUp or Fusion360 if you do not need the more advanced features of these solutions. Autodesk, producers of Fusion 360, acquired Tinkercad in 2013, two years after the latter was launched by former Google engineer Kai Backman and cofounder Mikko Mononen. The software’s main advantage over the other two software is that it is free, while still offering more modeling freedom than what first meets the eye! We took a closer look at the software to learn more about what users could expect.

Add different basic shapes to your 3D model.

What Are the Main Features of Tinkercad?

Even though Tinkercad is perfect for beginners, it does not mean that those who are more experienced with 3D modeling will not also enjoy this software. Given that it is based on CSG to create solid models, you can always make your model more complex by adding more shapes. In more concrete terms, all you have to do is select one of the available shapes and add or remove material as you wish. For example, you could start with a cylinder before adding triangles, circles, cones, etc. The shape can then be moved and rotated, allowing users to see it from all angles.

Additionally, the software allows you to add electronic circuits to 3D models in order to create objects with light and movement. The end result can even be simulated on the software to check how the components will respond in real life. Another feature of Tinkercad is its ability to transform a 3D design into buildable brick models, similar to creating Lego designs. This is possible thanks to a block-based code system, which makes it easy to create dynamic, parametric and adaptive designs.Finally, for those Minecraft lovers, it is also worth noting that it includes the ability to create designs compatible with the game.


Tinkercad designs rely on geometry

Tinkercad relies on solid construction geometry.

Therefore, Tinkercad can be used for a range of applications, including 3D printing. The 3D models can be saved in three different formats, STL, OBJ, and SVG. Once you have an STL file of your model, you can go on to using a slicer. Slicing software converts the 3D model into a series of thin layers and produces a G-code file containing instructions tailored to a specific type of printer. In other words, it is dividing the object into a stack of flat layers and describing these layers as linear movements of the 3D printer extruder.

Tinkercad’s users often compliment the intuitiveness of this CAD software. Transformation, duplication, and shape modification are easy to grasp. Additionally, Autodesk has made many resources available to its community. Among them is also the possibility of transferring initially simple models to the Fusion 360 solution to continue the process with more complex tools.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that, in addition to being available for computers, the company has launched a version for iPad that can be downloaded through the Apple Store. This app takes advantage of the iPad’s high-resolution screen and camera to experiment with the new augmented reality capability. This way, users can design on the go, from anywhere and bring their ideas to life with AR.

If you are thinking about getting started with this solution, do not hesitate to visit the TinkerCAD website. There you will find inspiration, teaching units, tips and tricks to get started on the company blog, as well as videos! You can find more information on the TinkerCAD website HERE.

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  1. akshata r c says:

    good tool,very usefull tool

    1. raju says:

      WHY this tool will be useful to you reply me.

  2. OM jadav says:


  3. Abdul says:

    I am just starting my work on thinker card softwer, Kindly let me know how much time should i spend on this software to become medium level expert

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