At the last couple of Maker Faire events, lots of people told us how they used Tinkercad for all their 3D printing. We’re so honored to have such loyal users! I thought I’d reflect here on some of the most popular features, in case some of you weren’t aware. Anything I missed?
– Water-Tight STL files
Tinkercad is great as a last point of prep before sending a model to the printer. The Import function can make the most stubborn files magically heal themselves, allowing you to re-export or add a solid base for stability.
– Direct to 3D print service capability.
A couple of clicks is all that stands between you and a full color print of your model (or Peter D. Penguin). Just go to Design > Order a 3D Print.
– SVG Import
You can import a line drawing in an SVG file format to extrude right in Tinkercad (or even 123D Design).
– Slicing a Larger Print for Sectional Printing.
We covered this in a recent TinkerTip, but using 2 boxes as holes allows you to keep a clean seam when breaking up a larger model into multiple prints.