Introduction of Tinkercad
Tinkercad is a free, kid-friendly online computer-aided design (cad) program where users can design, modify, and print 3d objects. 3d printing has become so much important in today’s tech-rich environment, students are still fascinated by both the capabilities and the process of such innovations. Available to anyone with an internet connection via a web browser, tinkercad makes it easy for students to learn a staple of the design process: combining multiple simple objects to make more complex shapes. It also allows students to design their own shapes or pick shapes to subtract from their projects, providing an easy way to create arches or holes using negative space as a tool. Beyond these two basic procedures, students also get a slew of other tools at their disposal, such as stretching, rotating, and deforming. Even better, designers can 3d prints of their creations, making it very easy to create their own smartphone cases, custom Lego pieces, or whatever they can imagine making with flexible combinations of 3d objects.