Tinkercad is a free 3D modeling website from Autodesk that lets you design complex objects by adding and subtracting different shapes such as boxes and cylinders. If you’re working on your iPad, you should use the Tinkercad app in Self Service. Tinkercad also lets you share designs with your friends, so you can work on the same design from your own homes.
Learning How to Use Tinkercad
If you have never used Tinkercad before, here are step by step instructions to get you going.
1. Install the Tinkercad iPad app from Self Service.
2. Sign in to Tinkercad.
Either use the website or the Tinkercad app. You will see the screen shown on the right. Shrewsbury students should click “Create a Personal Account”, then sign in with your school Google account (unless you already have a different account).
3. Enroll in to “Designing 3D Models in Tinkercad” course. **
This course is open to all students in Shrewsbury. You must log in with your school Google account.
4. Progress through the online course. Read each lesson and watch the video, then practice using that skill in TInkercad.
** If you prefer not to enroll in the course, please refer to the other Tinkercad resources listed below.
YouTube Tutorials – John Umekubo
This is probably the best YouTube playlist for learning how to design great 3D models in Tinkercad. Turn up the volume to hear his instructions and/or use closed captioning. I highly recommend you watch a video and take time practicing that skill before moving on to the next video.
YouTube Tutorials – Eunny
This is another great YouTube playlist, and these are the videos I currently use in my online course. There are no verbal directions, so you must read the captions and pay attention to what she is doing on the screen.
Tinkercad Table Top Tips (PDF)
This document was also created by John Umekubo and is a bit of a “cheat sheet” for the most important design tools in Tinkercad. I recommend you either print it out or add this document to Notability and refer to it as needed.
3D Printing Design Rules (PDF)
Please refer to this handout as needed to remind yourself of important design rules if you plan on 3D printing your model. Oak Middle School has FDM 3D printers, so you should only pay attention to the first row. (I’m working on creating a more user friendly version of this information.)
Tinkercad can also be used to create objects for Minecraft. When you are making a model in the normal “Design” mode in TInkercad, click on the Minecraft axe icon in the upper right of the screen to switch to Minecraft mode.
** You will need to install a program called MCEdit if you want to import the models you design into the Minecraft game itself.