Tutorials

Using digital design software

Below you will find interactive activities and videos about 3D printing and how to use the free 3D design software Tinkercad.

Learn the basics of 3D printing.

Watch a 3D printer print out a manipulative.

Look more closely into how a 3D printer works.

What can I build?

You can build anything that your heart desires. Here are some examples of designs being built in Tinkercad.

Make a Simple Eiffel Tower with Tinkercad.

Make a Rocket with Tinkercad.

Build a Snowman with Tinkercad.

Make a Simple Ice Cream with Tinkercad.

Make a Simple Bowl with Tinkercad.

Interactive tutorials:
Getting started in Tinkercad

First, complete these 7 brief, interactive activities called “direct starters” by clicking here. 

 

Next, complete the “Intro To Primitive Shapes” interactive activity by clicking here. 

 

Then, complete the “Let’s Learn Tinkercad! Guide” interactive activity by clicking here.

Create Your Own Manipulatives:
Video Tutorials

After completing the activities above to help you get started using Tinkercad, you may want to follow along with these tutorials to better prepare you to design manipulatives of your own.

Getting Started in Tinkercad: A Tutorial for Complete Beginners.

Amazingly simple Tinkercad house! Master Tinkercad in Minutes.

Design a Tinkercad Jet in Minutes!

Import design
and image files into Tinkercad

You can 3D print from Tinkercad pretty easily in a couple of different ways. If you have a printer at home or at a local makerspace, just download the STL file from either your dashboard by clicking the model thumbnail or from within the editor. Just click Design -> Download for 3D Printing. STL is the standard file for most single-color printers, so start with that. Explore this website and the videos below for more information.

How to download STL files from TinkerCAD to 3D print.

Another tutorial on how to download STL files from TinkerCAD to 3D print.

How to import an image into Tinkercad in order to create an object.

 You may also enjoy these 3D design tutorials from our friends and collaborators in the MIX Lab at Montclair State University.