Getting Started in Tinkercad

We know it’s a little scary to learn a new tool. Lucky for you, we’ve created a series of short, interactive guides that will help you with the basics of 3D design using Tinkercad.

From our Design Learning page, you’ll find three types of content — Starters, Lessons, and Projects. Everyone should start with Starters, regardless of your age or experience. These quick guides introduce you to the fundamentals of using Tinkercad.

Once you’ve learned the moves, you’ll go on to Lessons. With Lessons you’ll practice designing your first objects, including shirt buttons, heart-shaped rings, name tags, and Minecraft glasses.


Once you’re feeling confident, you’ll move on to Projects. Here, a wide selection of multi-part design ideas invite you to take Tinkercad as far as you’re willing to go. Design your own pizza, with as many odd toppings as you can imagine. Model a dream house, or a spaceship, or a penny whistle you can 3D print and play.

And that’s just the beginning. Educators can find resources and additional tools (including student signup codes) on Tinkercad’s Teach page.

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You can learn the basics of designing your own circuits and programming with Arduino using the Tinkercad Circuits page, which includes its own selection of interactive guides.


And for an exciting blend of coding and 3D modeling, take a look at our CodeBlocks editor and try a sample design to pick apart and modify.


It’s a lot to take in, right? But don’t worry about it. You’ve got this. And if you hit a snag, our Help Center is here to fix any problems you find along the way.

Welcome to Tinkercad. Now go get started!


  1. where is the help and troubleshooting forum to tinker cad because for me it is not rendering the work space or any of the objects.

      • Hi Andrew.

        You should make this fact known somewhere on the Tinkercad website. It’s not in the About, nor under Help & Info in the footer.

        I managed to find the forum on my own, but it certainly appears that few Tinkercad users have.

    • Hi all – luckly there are people like the guys from 3D Vinci who write tutorials like these. I love their guide is structured and written. It’s entertaining and educational at the same time.

      I felt inspired by this and decided to give it a try as well. So if you’re searching for a short guide that teaches you the basics, feel free to hop to and learn to get started with this great 3D modeling app!

  2. What the heck did you guys do to the scan feature on the mouse. I click it and hold and instead of scanning horizontally it zooms out

    • So it’s not just me. I assumed my mouse was acting up. Even odder for me, in Chrome it zooms out but in Firefox it zooms in.

  3. I think that it is a very bad decision and should be put back to the way it was.
    This is not beneficial at all to people that want a quick print and not a long pointless login system that dosnt let me in!

  4. How and where can I continue using Tinkercad?

    I have created an Autodesk123 account and successfully migrated my Tinkercad to this account, according to the results message I got at completion of migration action. BUT, cannot find tinkercad nor any of my tinkercad projects.

    Please assist me.

  5. Ανοίγω το νέο σχέδιο στο crom και κολλάει.
    Επίσης στο mozilla κλείνει και παραπέμπει στοWEBG.
    Παρακαλώ βοηθήστε με.

  6. Ho provato a registrarmi in centomila modi ma non ci sono riuscito. Ho richiesto più volte la password e mi da sempre un errore. Posso ripetere la procedura partendo da zero?

  7. Looking to implement this at a K-12 school district for an Intermediate School – grades 4-5. Is there a cost associated with a whole school using it?

  8. Looking for that forum link. Just starting and my question is basic. Myworkspace suddenly shrank and I don’t know how to return it to normal size. Can you help me, please?

  9. Is there a way to rotate using another objects anchor/center point and not just it’s own middle/center point? (like the align tool in your video). or even some other given anchor point on the object being rotated (like an edge). forex, rotate a box around a cylinder/axle (like copying vanes on a water wheel).

  10. Tinkercad seems to be having difficulty saving projects when multiple users are creating under our account. It seems there is a lag when saving the initial design, causing incomplete design elements to be saved in the project. This is causing our youth to recreate the design more than one time due to issues when saving the first initial design

  11. My students have been using project ignite for 3D printing. I really like that I can create a class and assign lessons. I’ve been looking through tinkercad and can’t see where I can manage and assignmleeson to my students. Will the format be the same or I’m I not allowed anymore to manage my class and assign projects?

  12. I am sure I will have questions but right now, first time user, “This is very good”. Learning takes some time and the “Want it now” urge makes it a little frustrating but that’s learning.
    Already printed out, redesigned as I got some wrong, my fault, and now making the next few prints.
    Thank you, love it.

  13. I have four monitors on this system, but no matter what I do, my selection for snap grid sizes goes upward into an unreadably (and unclickable on) skinny tall little shaded area – can’t get through exercise 2!

  14. System looks great – thanks. Needs a help system – I want to use this to model an amp build (basically shapes mounted on a wooden surface but the surface need to be 350mm wide x 160mm deep by 10mm high. Dragged a box on but the width is limited to 200mm ? is that right ?

    • Ignore this – I worked out that you just drag the handles and then there’s no limit. The sizing box with sliders makes it look that way.

      This is a VERY powerful and easy to use application in my view. THANKS.

    • what size/scale you make your designs have nothing to do with the output. I consider one mm equal to one inch/foot/etc. when I make my models, then I scale my output file. I design very large objects like trucks/houses/boats/etc. using this technique.

  15. OK this is my first try of Tinkercad. I was doing the lesson 1 (the tower of Pisa type thing and went off experimenting on my own with it. Now I want to start the lesson from the beginning again, but I can’t find how that is done. It seems to have saved my progress and I can’t see how to start afresh. How is it done?

  16. Hi, I’m trying to get this thing working 🙂 I’m on chrome for mac and I created a new project > new conception. Unfortunately, I see the loading icon but nothing seems to happen after that (it’s been 1 hour ago). I’ve checked or adapted all the settings/flags, but the problem still remains.
    Any ideas ?

  17. Hi, as a teacher new to tinkercad, I have set up a class code and some students who signed up to tinkercad for the first time were able to join the class using the code. How can I get the students who already had an account to join the class? Does this class code only work for students under 13 years of age or for students of any age? Help please.

  18. As a teacher I used Ignite projects. In it I had my classes, the students entered with a code. In the class they could see their projects/lessons. After the students finished the lessons I knew they were able to design their own keychain in tinkercad. But it is all gone 😦 It seams that Ignite projects doesnt exist anymore…. 😦

  19. Will my printer pick up the design below the work plane? If so, how do I remove any part of my designs below the work plane

    • I don’t know but what I do is place a box below the work plane that is set to “hole” and join everything, the stuff below the plane disappears. That way all the printer/slicer see’s is the objects above the work plane.

  20. Hello forum, why are not all round cylinders and other rounds not distributed but all divided into straight pieces? Could this be different?
    Gr. DX11

  21. I really like Tinkercan and have found the beta changes very helpful. Congrats to the designers, development team and qa group. I do have a few requests/suggestions:

    1. a way to lock the axis we are moving an object on; ie and mouse movement to only allow movement in x-axis, and mouse movement to only allow movement in the y-axis, for z-axis, etc
    2. a way to measure the distance between two chosen points of an object; ie to find out the diameter of a hole in an object I didnt create. The dimensions and ruler are helpful, but sometimes you need to know how far apart or long a part of an object is
    3. a way to stretch an inner section of an object; ie if I am modelling an object that has 3 sections, and I want to make the middle section taller or wider without affecting the dimensions of the other two sections. Right now, it is a very laborious task involving the multiple copies, holes and joins

    Again, its a great tool. Thanks

  22. Unable to create a copy of existing design. When export, then import back, loose ability to edit and see artifacts, which do not exist in an original. Would be nice to be able to save and copy.

  23. Very excited to see Arduino in the circuits. ESP8266 is also programmable, would that be a possibility? Perhaps via some sort of emulation of WiFi connection ?

  24. I want to create a digital file that can be read by a CNC machine to make a 3D object. Is it possible to create/export such a file using TinkerCAD?

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