TinkerCAD Name Tag Instructions

Signing up for Tinkercad.com

  1. Use Firefox – Tinkercad does not work on Safari.
  2. You need to have been born before 2001 to use Tinkercad. When you put in your birthday, use a date where the year is before 2001.
  3. Use an actual email address if possible (not your sharonschools.net Google docs address). That way you can have Tinkercad send you an email if you forget your password.
  4. DON’T forget your password! Write it down! I have no way of telling you what it is or resetting it for you. If you forget it and you didn’t use an actual email to sign up, you will have to create a new account and lose all your work.

Construction Details

from The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success
by David Thornburg, Norma Thornburg and Sara Armstrong

Remember:  Use Firefox – Tinkercad does not work on Safari.

1. Launch TinkerCAD at http://www.tinkercad.com
2. Log in to your account. See Mr. Whipple if you haven’t created an account on TinkerCAD yet.
3. Create a new design. Note that TinkerCAD will automatically give your design a unique name created randomly.
4. To make the base of the name tag, click on the cylinder shape and drag it to the center of the workspace.
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5. Grab one of the square boxes at the bottom of the cylinder and create an oval 80 mm wide and 40 mm deep. (See the Rubric – you can also create a rectangle but it needs to be 35mm x 75mm or less.)
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6. To change the thickness of the name tag, click on the center white square box at the top of the cylinder, and drag it down to a height of 5 mm.
7. To create a name, click on the A button at the top right of the window. This brings up a block letter alphabet. TinkerCAD only has one typeface (font) at this time.tinkercad tag 03

8. Drag the letters of your name into a blank area of the workplace one at a time. Don’t worry about the spacing or alignment just yet. Don’t put them on the base yet.tinkercad tag 04

9. Select all the letters (hold down the Shift key and click each letter), and using the center white square at the top of the letters, pull the thickness up from 4mm to 7mm so they will be extending a little from the top of the name tag.

10. With all the letters selected, click on the Adjust button at the top of the screen and choose Align. This brings up a series of vertical and horizontal dots. As you move your mouse over the dot to the bottom left of the text, it will change color. You should see a red line running across the bottom of the letters. Click on this dot to align the text vertically.

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11. With the text selected, drag it to the position you want on the name tag and unselect the text. The text should be no more than 2 mm above the surface of the name tag unless you choose to recess the letters (you’ll need to figure that out on your own!).

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12. Choosing one letter at at time, select it and move it right or left with the arrow keys to have equal spacing between the letters.
13. Now make a hole in the tag. Drag another cylinder to the workplace and adjust its diameter to 7 mm. Don’t worry about the height since this cylinder will be turned into a hole. (The hole is optional. If you create a hole you can choose where it goes.)
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14. Click on the Hole style in the inspector box at the top right of the workplace.
15. Your design is complete! Finish by first renaming the file. Click on the Design menu in the upper left and click Properties.
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16. You should name the file like this:

Your section, then last name first initial. So if I was in section 7-2, I would name my file

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17. Click on the design menu again and choose Download for 3D Printing. Choose .STL and save your file. It should save to your Downloads folder. Go into Schoology and upload your STL file to the correct forum.

18. In Schoology, choose my course and then click 3D Printer Name Tag.

19. Click the button under Submissions on the right. Choose the .STL file you saved.


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