Summertime brings MAJOR updates to the Editor

Many of you celebrated the Fourth of July this week, but for those of you who didn’t, well, that’s OK because we’ve made some updates to the site that are sure to set you on fire!

It’s all about the inches, baby! That’s right! The long awaited (and best!) unit of measurement is now available…INCHES! Just toggle between the two units in the lower left corner of your workplane and, voila! Youz gotz inches! Can you tell we’re excited about it?! What’s that? You want a 1/64th numerical readout? But of course…

Our URLs have just gotten purrtier! Small change, but important as it makes stuff so much easier to find! Here’s an example of a member‘s URL and one of a design.

And finally, locking. It’s been on our “To Do” list for some time now, and we’re happy to say that you can now lock an object into place. Oh, yes. Yes, you can

Locked objects can still be selected, but they have a slightly different treatment so you can differentiate them from other stuff. Plus, we added some high-speed keyboard shortcuts to go along with this new feature:

Cmd+L Lock
Cmd+A Select All
Cmd+D Duplicate in Place

The locked item is highlighted in purple.

As usual, we look forward to your feedback!
Tinkercad Team


  1. So what does locking do? I can still move and delete a locked item. I expected it to (uh) lock out any changes to the item. What am I missing?

    • Hi Gray, Uhhmmm, that sounds like a bug =) It is supposed to lock an item in place. We can’t reproduce the issue with our designs, so can you send over the URL of the item you’re working on? Thanks!

      • So I can’t get it to not-fail. I create a new object. I create a cube. I select the cube and lock it. It turns purple. Then I select the cube again and press the delete button. Or I can move it around with the arrow keys. I cannot seem to change it’s size but with the keyboard I can move it and delete it.

      • Maybe mirror could be implemented intuitively by sizing past the object’s opposite side. For example: I could select the letter “J”, then grab the control point on the lower right corner and draw to the left, making the J thinner and thinner until I go past the left edge of the object and then the J now flips (horizontal mirror) and starts getting wider and wider. LMK if I’m not explaining well and I can make a video of proposed behavior. Thanks! -josh

      • That’s great, Josh! Thank you for the suggestion. Sit tight as we hear from a Tinkerbird that something is in the works 😉 This suggestion will be passed, fosho!

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