How to print your Tinkercad model on MakerBot. Source: Arturo Limon/Shutterstock.com
How to print your Tinkercad model on MakerBot. Source: Arturo Limon/Shutterstock.com

Tinkercad is a free Computer Aided Design (CAD) software built for beginners to 3D modeling. Tinkercad is an online product. Once you create a free account, you can begin designing. The interface is user-friendly and uses shapes to create 3D models.  

Before you print your model, there are some things you can do to ensure a successful print. When making your design, make sure to view it from several angles to see if the shapes are actually attached. You’d be surprised at how often shapes are not attached and don’t print properly.

Tinkercad saves your design automatically but you can also click on Design > Save to save your project manually. To change the name of your file, click on Design > Properties. Here, you can change the name, the visibility (private or public), and the license type (to allow others to edit). 

Once you’re done designing, the next steps for 3D printing your designs are simple. Here are the steps to 3D print your design on the MakerBot 3D printer:

·         On the homepage, click on your design

·         Click Download for 3D Printing

·         Save as an STL file

          Note: MakerWare accepts STL and OBJ files.

·         Open the STL file in MakerWare and make any adjustments to positioning and size.

·         Click Make It.

Then simply wait for your design to 3D print and enjoy your model.