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    Make your Tinkercad design into an Instructable

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Published on - May 8, 2020 by Penolopy Bulnick

    Teachers & Parents, #tinkertogether

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    In April, Instructables launched the Distance Learning with Tinkercad Contest. For many people entering, writing an Instructable can be a new experience and I wanted to provide some tips to help you get yourself published on the site and accepted into the contest. 

    First of all, make sure your design is going to fit the theme of the contest which is outlined on the contest page: Make it Move, Connectors, Silly Solutions, Mashup, and Scene. 

    Secondly, in order to be published you need a step by step tutorial with photos showing your creation process. This can be a bit confusing when you are showing only a digital design rather than something you've physically made, but it can be really easy. 

    I'm going to show you the Instructable How to Design a Digital Diorama Using Tinkercad written by WeTeachThemSTEM as an example of a Tinkercad design made into an Instructable. This can work whether you are working with a design you already have or one you are just starting. 


    First of all, your Intro step in your Instructable should show off your finished design and talk a little about it (also, try to give it a descriptive title that plainly tells what your design is). 

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    Here she simply showed off screen shots she took of the finished diorama as well as a blank one you could use to make your own. 


    Embed the Tinkercad design which you can learn how to do in this blog post. It's a great way for people to easily find, like, and comment on your design. 

    At this point you can also upload your STL files to the Instructable. 


    Next you move on to the steps. This is where you will talk about creating the different parts of your overall design. 

    For each step try to have a good title for it, a clear image (which will most likely be a screenshot) and a description. The description can be as brief or as thorough as you want.

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    [She also includes videos and these are nice but certainly not a requirement.]

    If you can, for each step show how you created each part and talk about the shapes you used and the process. If you are working with an already finished design and aren't able to recreate the process, another thing you can do is simply zoom in on different parts of the design (or move different parts of the design to a clear area of your workplace and take a screenshot) and talk about them the best you can.


    If your design isn't being printed, then that's all you need! Just show off the design and talk about the parts, that's all it takes!

    This class on How to Write an Instructable as well as our Featuring Guidelines can also help you along the way. 

    Here are a few other examples of well done Tinkercad design tutorials.

    Happy making!

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    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.

    In the meantime, please see our recent posts titled Hello Tinkercad Friends! Let’s #TinkerTogether and Parents Guide to Starting Kids in Tinkercad. They provide more information on some of Tinkercad’s useful features for parents, teachers, and students.