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    Get Crafty With New Shapes for Making at Home

    Donald Bell
    Published on - April 5, 2020 by Donald Bell

    Teachers & Parents, Features, #tinkertogether


    We’ve added a new collection to the Tinkercad shapes menu called Making at Home. It’s full of common household items that are useful for tinkering -- popsicle sticks, pencils, paper towel tubes, chop sticks, milk cartons, and more. 

    Our hope is that you’ll use this collection as a toolbox for either prototyping or documenting designs that can be made from everyday things. For some inspiration, here's an example of a milk carton birdhouse, a popsicle stick coaster, a windmill, and the pencil top shown below. You can also search for 'Making at Home' in our public design gallery for more ideas.

    With so many of us spending more (or all) of our time at home these days, unable to make use of the tools and resources in our schools and makerspaces, it’s a great time to celebrate the design possibilities rattling around in your junk drawer.


    We’re excited to see how you use this new collection! If you have a design you’d like to share that uses elements from the the Making at Home collection, use your Design Properties window (the gear icon) to add the #makingathome tag and set the design to ‘public’ so we can all check it out.

    Help us grow the collection

    Additionally, we’re looking for more items to include in this collection. Paper plates, soda cans, cotton swabs -- we want to see any essential home crafting items you think we should add. 

    These designs need to be accurately scaled to their real life counterparts (or at least reasonably the same dimensions). We also can’t accept designs that include branding of any kind. That means no logos, brand names, or any graphic trademarks. Keep it generic.

    We’ll have more details soon on how to submit designs for consideration, but there’s no reason you can’t get a jump on things now.

    Keep an eye on the Tinkercad blog and our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) for more step-by-step guides, design challenges and other inspiration.