Course Overview

This course has two sections: Tinkercad Design Tools and Using Hinges in Tinkercad

Tinkercad Design Tools

This section will introduce you to some of the lesser known design tools available in Tinkercad. These “advanced” tools will help you design objects that are more accurate, more complex, and better suited for 3D printing. Each lesson will include a short YouTube video for you to watch. Press “F” to watch the video full screen. The lessons may be taken any order.

The videos in this section do not include auditory directions so earbuds are not necessary. Each lesson also contains some important information for you to read. Please read everything! After finishing each video, it is strongly recommended that you practice using that particular tool in Tinkercad for a few minutes before moving on to the next lesson.

Using Hinges in Tinkercad

This section will teach you how to create and use ball hinges in your Tinkercad designs. It can be challenging to get just right, so please pay close attention to the lessons. Each lesson will include a short YouTube video for you to watch. Press “F” to watch the video full screen. Unlike the previous course (Designing 3D Models in Tinkercad), you can take the lessons in any order.

Some of the videos in this section do include auditory directions so please use earbuds if you are viewing them in the computer lab! Each lesson also contains some important information for you to read. Please read everything! After finishing each video, it is strongly recommended that you practice using that particular tool in Tinkercad for a few minutes before moving on to the next lesson.

Assessment: The Advanced Tinkercad Modeling Assessment requires you to create a “flexible” final product to demonstrate you have learned and can apply the skills from this course.

You will learn the following Tinkercad skills in this course:

  • Use the ruler tool to view dimensions of objects on the workplane
  • Use the radius and fillet features to create rounded edges
  • Import 3D models (.STL files) from other sites such as Thingiverse
  • Import 2D vector images (.SVG files) from other sites or from your own design
  • Use the Extrude and SVG Revolve Shape Generators
  • Create and use ball hinges to create flexible designs

Assessment: The Tinkercad Modeling Assessment requires you to create a final product to demonstrate you have learned and can apply the skills listed above.