Donald Bell is the editor of the Tinkercad blog and host of the weekly show Maker Update. We asked him to share one of his earliest designs in Tinkercad and catch us up on one of his latest projects.
How It Started
After getting my first 3D printer, I took on a commission to make a light-up money sign that attached to a headband. I wanted to 3D print a shell and stuff it full of LEDs to make it light up. It took some experimentation and ironically I had to use Fusion 360 to shell it out, but I got it to work and the client later asked me to make a few other headband ideas in this same style.
How It's Going
This is a cocktail machine that I made for an annual Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge in San Francisco. After some early prototypes I worked with my friend Jordan Bunker to refine the design in Fusion 360 and have it laser cut.
Why do you think Tinkercad is still going strong after 10 years?
It's the only program I know of that approaches 3D modeling in a way that's intuitive to beginners. You just add shapes together or carve them out. You can learn it in a day, and you can take it incredibly far.