Getting Started with 3D Printing Using Tinkercad

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Contributors: Shawn Hymel, Feldi
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Resources and Going Further

This tutorial was intended to give you a starting point for your 3D printing adventures, specifically how you might use 3D printed objects to enhance your electronics projects. Once you feel comfortable with Tinkercad, try making shapes and objects of your own design!

  • More 3D printing troubleshooting - Printing can be a finicky process. Check out this troubleshooting guide (complete with pictures!) if you still can't get your print to look right.
  • Tinkercad Tutorials - A good place to start if you want to get better at Tinkercad.
  • Cura LulzBot Edition User Manual - A good place to go if you need help with Cura
  • LulzBot TAZ 5 User Manual - A good thing to read to learn how to use and take care of your TAZ 5 printer. Other 3D printers should have their own manuals. We recommend Reading The Full Manual.
  • Cura Source Code - Want to dig into the source code for a slicer program? Here's your chance!
  • TAZ 5 Source Code - Wait, what? That's right. The LulzBot line of printers are all open source!
  • Project Box on Tinkercad - If you really want to skip all the fun of modeling your own (and just want to copy my design to play with), here you go.

Want to get some cool 3D printing ideas? Check out these tutorials:

Boss Alarm

Build a Boss Alarm that alerts you of anyone walking into your office and automatically changes your computer screen.

GPS Differential Vector Pointer

Use GPS to have two objects, a base and a target, point towards one another. This can be used to aim a directional antenna (or in the case of this project, a laser) from one object to the other object at a distance that is only limited by your ability to provide the base station with the target's GPS location.

Getting Started with 3D Printing Using Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a great, easy-to-use online modeling software that can have you 3D printing quickly. This tutorial will walk you through designing a simple project enclosure.

Light Up Your 3D Printer's Bed

Having issues viewing your print in a dark lit room? In this tutorial, we will be using LED strips to light up a print bed's area on a LulzBot 3D printer!

Or check out some of these blog posts for ideas: