How To Create 2 Pin Helper 3D Model in Tinkercad
What is Tinkercad?
Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewellery and the list is truly endless.
Have you ever thought that you can use Tinkercad to design stunning 3D model design?
Yes, Tinkercad is a multi-purpose tool that, among many other useful things. Here are 4 things about Tinkercad that make it your right hand when creating a model design.
Check out the 4 advantages TINKERCAD:
- It includes a variety of useful tools to text and shape.
- You can import from any 3D model file.
- It can export a format file as STL, and OBJ
- It can prepare for 3D Print.
Tinkercad offers a stunning range of amazing 3D shapes to create a model. Plus, you can make all kinds of creative choices, including experimenting with Characters, Connectors, and Skeleton. With the due amount of inspiration and patience, and you can end up with a pretty good model design.
Now let me share with you how to create a 2 Pin Helper 3D model in Tinkercad:
The Step-by-step tutorial
Let’s go! 2 Pin Helper 3D Model created in Tinkercad.
Step 1: Create Account
Tinkercad is a simple, intuitive and it’s FREE. It is a free online software for everyone to easily design models for 3D printing. The first thing you need to do in order to use Tinkercad is to create a user account. This will allow you to save your designs within your personal account. You will need to provide some basic information and be sure to choose a password that you can easily remember.
Step 2: Create New Project
This will open up a new project page, which looks as follows.
1. Left Tool panel:
On the left tool panel, right click and drag your mouse to change the 3D perspective of the work plane. Scroll up and down to zoom in and out.
2. Left Top-bar Tool:
These tools are known as Undo, Redo, Copy, Paste, Duplicate and Delete.
3. Right Top-bar Tool:
We will use these menu items to perform important operations like aligning, merging, etc.
4. Helper Tool:
Work plane is used to create new planes to build off of, like if you want to add objects directly off of the side of a piece or if you wanted to make an upside-down “L”. The Ruler is used to measuring how the length, width, and height of a selected object, as well as how far away it is from a specific point. You can also use this to change the scale, or how large, the model is.
5. Right Tool panel:
On the right side of Tinkercad screen, you will see a drop-down menu listing the tools available to you on Tinkercad. Today, we will mostly be looking at the geometric shape tool, since that is what you will be using to create the majority of your designs.
6. Work Plane
This is your main design space. Here is where you will be creating the majority of your work on Tinkercad. The blue gridded area represents the build plate that is used by 3D printers. You will want to create your work on this plate.
Step 3: Create a Shape for Wire Holder
1. Select the tube shape on the right tool panel for Wire Holder and you can follow our setting shown below:
i) Solid: Orange
ii) Radius: 16
iii) Wall Thickness: 6
iv) Sides: 50
v) Bevel: 0
vi) Bevel Segments: 0
2. We are going to recreate a box shape for cutting on the tube shape. Following our step is shown below:
i) Create a box shape and place in the area on the tube shapeii) We need to make sure that both of the shapes are aligned. Hold your left click down and drag the area we want to highlight the object and cutting the tube shape followed by pressing Ctrl + A (In your keyboard shortcut) to Highlight “ALL”. Select the alignment icon button on the right top bar menu, the “tube shape” + “box shape” to the center of the canvas.
iii) Now press Ctrl + A (In your keyboard shortcut) to Highlight “ALL”. Now you can see the area is a highlight and Group icon button is shown on the right top bar tool or press Ctrl + G to make the Group.
iv). You will see this “C” Shape Model after completed.
Step 4: Create a Shape for Rectangle Block
Select the box shape on the right tool panel for Rectangle shape and you can follow our setting shown below:
i) Solid: Red
ii) Radius: 0
iii) Step: 1
iv) Length: 10
v) Width: 55
vi) Height: 10
Step 5: Create a Shape for Taper Block
1. Select the box shape on the right tool panel for Taper Block and you can follow our setting shown below:
i) Solid: Green
ii) Radius: 0
iii) Step: 1
iv) Length: 10
v) Width: 15
vi) Height: 102. The design of the Wire Holder is very similar to the Taper Block that we designed in Step 3 of this Tinkercad tutorial. And the two cutting box will rotate into the green box about 10oC
3. You will see the finished shape of the Taper Block as shown below.
Step 6: Merge the Wire Holder, Rectangle Block, and Taper Block
- First, position the Wire Holder & Taper Block so that it overlaps into the body of the Rectangle Block.
- Select the Rectangle Block, the Wire Holder, and Taper Block together and align them. Ensure that both of the Rectangle Block & Taper Block are aligned to the center of the rectangle holder. Now press the Group button (Ctrl + G). This should merge the Rectangle Block, Taper Block, and the Wire Holder into one part. Notice that the merged unit now has a single color instead of three colors.
Step 7: 3D Print Your Design
Now you can send your STL file for 3D printing. If you do not have any 3D printer, you can contact Ginkgo3D at [email protected] for printing services.
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