TinkerStar: Michael Litke
Tinkercad Username: Michael Litke
How did you find out about Tinkercad? My 9th grade tech teacher showed it to us for the 3D printing project component of our class. We were supposed to design and 3D print a simple object.
What is your favorite feature in the Tinkercad editor? Either the hole button or the ruler function. No one else has better versions of either.
Why are you a #TinkerStar? I have done a lot of work in Tinkercad, like scale models of buildings and parts for robots. In addition, I spend a lot of time in my university’s maker lab, which has about 40 3D printers, both working on my own projects and teaching other people how to use Tinkercad. I’ve also taught a seminar for middle schoolers and high schoolers on 3D design for 3D printing using Tinkercad.
What is your favorite model you have designed in Tinkercad? The model that I am most proud of, so far, is my scale model of the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. For my senior project in high school, I contacted the people who run the basilica and asked them to send me detailed images of the outside of the building, and then I spend about 100 hours making this model. I’m quite happy with it, especially since this was my second attempt at making this building. My first attempt was during my freshman year of high school, and I also used Tinkercad for that.
I’ve also used Tinkercad for a variety of other projects, but the one that excites me the most is an ornithopter that is designed to be entirely 3D printable, with the exception of the electronics. Me and my friends came up with this idea my junior year of high school, and I’m still working on it now.
Thank you Michael! Amazing work, and keep on tinkering!