TinkerStar: Rob Morrill

Tinkercad Username: rmorrill

How did you find out about Tinkercad? I was looking to introduce middle school student to CAD, and Tinkercad is such an powerful tool for that.

What is your favorite feature in the Tinkercad editor? Actually, it’s the ability to turn things into holes. I love thinking about CAD from the perspective of a CNC machine, like I’m milling material out of a block rather than adding shapes in. Thinking that way is challenging and it also opens up more possibilities for design.

Why are you a #TinkerStar? I’m pushing my students to grow their ability to conceptualize and problem-solve with Tinkercad. We design and print everything from bookmarks, to holiday ornaments, to lithophane stands, to crumple zone bumpers. These kids are thinking in 3 dimensions, they are learning about design, iteration, and manufacturing, and they are becoming 21st century creators of real objects rather than just consumers. Our middle school students are going to need these skills and habits of mind as they tackle big problems in the future.

What is your favorite model you have designed in Tinkercad? I love (and often use!) a number of my designs, but the one I’m most proud of is my CO2-powered crumple zone crash test eggmobile. It lets my students design, test, and iterate crumple zones.

 

 

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Pictured above: Car body, axles and rings, and bumper posts 

Anything else you would like us to know? I’m incredibly grateful for Tinkercad. As a teacher, it’s such a gift to be able to use it with my students, and personally, I’ve made many things that I love. Thanks!
Thank you Rob! Keep on tinkering!

 

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