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Offline isdale

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Software for designing models
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:29:11 PM »
This week I've been teaching a class on a variety of Maker Tech at U.Hawaii Maui College
Last 2 days have been about 3d design/modeling and printing.
We started out trying to use 123d Design, but it failed way too much on the college PCs (both the web and app versions).
It was also too slow.  We had to abandon it and do fall back work for the day (arduino with Sparkfun ProtoSnap Pro Mini)
Last night we tried out TinkerCAD ( - another free web based design sw from Autodesk.
It may not have as many great features but it WORKS.
Kids made a bunch of "coins" and other objects today.

One trick is to keep the objects small so they print fairly quickly.
A 'coin' is a small round(ish) object about 2cmx2cm with about a 5mm base and 5mm of text on top.  Or 1cm tall with text cut in 5mm.
works well.  20-30 min to print 4 at a time.  Kids get quick results.

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Re: Software for designing models
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 05:04:03 PM »
Tinkercad is excellent to start teaching 3d design and you can get great printed results. Take a look at photo 2 mesh for taking photos into STLs.

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Re: Software for designing models
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 11:14:30 AM »
Get Autodesk Inventor all their products are free with an education email address. Sign up and go to Education communities.

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Re: Software for designing models
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 02:18:43 PM »
Tinkerplay is also fantastic, lets kids make robots etc. by clipping parts together and then printing them.