Brothers Noe and Pedro Ruiz are full-time designers, YouTubers, and project creators for Adafruit Industries, know for their innovative and approachable 3D printed designs. In recognition of Tinkercad's 10 year anniversary, we asked them to share some of their early memories of Tinkercad and catch us up on what they're up to today.
How It Started
The EZ Key Guitar was one of our first learn guides for Adafruit. It’s meaningful to us because it was our stepping stone do doing weekly projects for Adafruit.
Back then we were mainly doing video production and had just gotten a 3d printer in 2012. We wanted to make cool projects and stumbled across Adafruit when searching for led strips for making light up signs that we 3d printed.
We had gotten a Makey Makey and arcade buttons so the idea was to make a music instrument out of those. Noe wanted to learn how to play the guitar so he design the enclosure in Tinkercad by importing vectors from Adobe Photoshop.
How It's Going
We’ve since moved to Fusion 360 but still use Tinkercad whenever we wanna quickly modify an STL. Recently we made a 3D printed Darksaber from Star Wars Mandalorian.
Right now we're working on projects for the new Raspberry Pi Pico and boards from Adafruit with the new Raspberry Pi RP2040 chip. Also, more musical projects and cosplay props.
Why do you think Tinkercad is still going strong after 10 years?
Tinkercad has remained software with clean and simple ui/ux. The tools are easy to learn and feels familiar if you’ve ever played with toy blocks, legos or minecraft. Its online, free and accessible. The ability to share and remix is also a key feature that allowed designers to collaborate.
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