Here’s a quick little project with Tinkercad and a 3D printer – a letterpress block for custom hand-printed Valentine’s Day cards!
Reversing the Tinkercad logo was a bit tricky, but as with most things in Tinkercad, figuring out how to model with vector objects is half the fun. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with the Hole function if you think about it as a subtractive element.
This block was printed on an Objet Connex, using a Vero Clear for the base and Tango Black for the stamp part, but I’m trying some on a Makerbot using flexible filament.
It seems we have some users that are also Superbowl fans. Since many of you are probably watching the game right now, you will like the new hero image in our landing page for today. This amazing model was made by the user 4reydo.
Hopefully we’ll be able to convince him to make a post about his experience modeling this project.
If you want to check the model, click here to open it.
Can’t wait to see other ideas around Superbowl. Or you can also start thinking of great ideas for the upcoming Winter Olympics, or the Soccer World Cup.
Really sorry for the pun, but here’s an update on a Tinkercad project I started late last year. I found a lot of contemporary mechanical watches on the market were too big for me. I liked the design, but they were just too big and obnoxious. I prefer a simple, clean design and decided I would try to make one in the most rudimentary (albeit, relatively high-tech) way possible, via 3D-printing. That seems like an oxymoron in retrospect, but I used free software and the bulk of my costs were the watch components.
I wanted to 3D print a watch of my own design using free software and inexpensive prototyping. The process was pretty straight forward; a few design iterations and 3D prints later, I had multiple versions of my very own resin-printed watch. The result is pretty unastounding and simple (like, Muji simple). But, the process of finishing and being able to wear the watch has been revealing and really empowering.
I basically built the watch model around the components; I knew the dimensions I wanted – the face, the crystal and the strap width. After a trip to Otto Frei in Oakland, I had everything I needed – the movement, crystal, face and hands. The guys at Otto Frei were so patient and helpful with me as I asked every question possible. It can be a little confusing. However, watch guys don’t mess around with their jargon – do your research and know the difference between the face the crystal and the case before you go parts shopping.
All together, I spent about $175 on parts and prints. See below for some of the iterations.
I’d like to order a couple versions in different metals, as well. I think there is some shrinkage associated with SLA prints, so that will take some testing, too. Shapeways is the only service that will print this size model in steel, so we’ll see how that comes out.
Hi everyone. As you probably know, Tinkercad experienced some issues this week. Larger traffic and an always increasing amount of models led to some problems with the service, and we had to take it down in order to prepare ourselves for a healthier growth.
We are sorry for any inconvenience, and with Tinkercad back, we can’t wait to see more amazing models!
As a free app, Tinkercad wasn’t originally built to bear such an awesome spike in use, so the time has come to strengthen it. We have seen such a massive increase in people coming to the site, that we needed to create new infrastructure to better support our users. While the site being down should only last a few days at most, we appreciate your understanding and your patience as the team works on getting Tinkercad back up to snuff!
We miss seeing the great models you’ve been making, and can’t wait to get you back online to tinker away. For more updates please check twitter.com/tinkercad