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3D Printing: Design – Name Tags

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a personal 3D name tag using TinkerCAD, an online 3D design software.

Before getting started

  • Have an internet connected laptop/desktop
  • Mouse (optional)
  • Use a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
  • Log in with a Google account or create a new account on TinkerCAD’s website, https://www.tinkercad.com/
  • After logging in, create a new design
Create a new design on TinkerCAD

Create a new design on TinkerCAD

Procedure

Step 1

    • Starting with an empty workplane, find and place the ‘Box’ object from the right panel to act as the primary base of the name tag.

    • Decrease the height of the box by dragging one of the ‘white’ boxes located on the top surface of the box.

    • To change the length of the box, drag one of the ‘black’ boxes located on each side of the box.

Step 2

    • Find and place the object ‘Text’ from the right panel to act as your name.

    • You can change the height of the ‘text’ object by dragging the top ‘white’ box (Similar to the previous step).

    • You can change the text from the shapes options window located in the top right. For demonstration purposes, we will leave it at ‘TEXT’.

Step 3

    • Finally, find and place the object ‘Tube’ from the right panel to act as your name tag’s hook.

    • Similar to the previous steps, you can adjust the position and size of the object by dragging the small white/black boxes.

Step 4

    • Once you have finished placing and resizing your objects, select all objects by hitting the command ‘Ctrl+A’

    • You should see all of the objects highlighted. From there, click on the ‘Group’ tool at the top toolbar, and it will group all individual objects into a single one.

(Optional) Step 5

If you would like to share your design, you can do so by sending a link over email or text message.

    • Share TinkerCAD design

      Begin by clicking on the Send To button located in the top right of the page.

    • Share TinkerCAD design

      Scroll down and select Invite people and Generate new link. Copy and send the link in an email or text message to share your TinkerCAD design.

Complete!

You have successfully created a personal nametag! Try out different creations by adding more shapes, resizing objects, and more.

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