Everything 3D at TriV!


logo-tinkercad3D Modeling With Autodesk Tinkercad and Fusion360



tinkercad session feb 4 2015

TriV Autodesk 3D Session – Full House!

TriValley CoderDojo had its second session on February 4, 2015 to work on badge tutorials provided through a partnership between Autodesk and global CoderDojo.  Three badge tutorials were available: Tinkercad, Tinkercoding, and Fusion360.  Both Tinkercad and Tinkercoding are based on Autodesk’s online Tinkercad application that enables younger students to learn how to work with 3D modeling tools.  Tinkercad provides the basics of getting to know the software while Tinkercoding adds the ability to use javascript programming enhancements to customize the 3D objects.  The last tutorial provides an introduction to working with Fusion360, Autodesk’s integrated 3D CAD/CAM tool.  The free 3-year student license for the Fusion360 software can be downloaded off their website.  Rather than use a presenter for the session, students perused the tutorials in a self-guided fashion and at their own pace.

The benefit of making all three tutorials available at the same session is the flexibility for kids to switch between the tutorials as suits them.  The majority of the attendees signed up for Tinkercad.  Due to a browser issue with Safari and Tinkercad, one older student switched over to Fusion360.  While another tried Fusion360 but had installation issues with his PC and switched to Tinkercad.  Students who are ready for something beyond Tinkercad can switch over to Tinkercoding and visa versa if the javascript in Tinkercoding turns out to be too challenging at their level.  The tutorials are independent of one another so switching between tutorials does not present any issues, though it is generally recommended that students without prior experience start with Tinkercad first.

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Co-founder Alex Mentoring Fusion360

Attendees really enjoyed the tutorials and the software encourages their natural creativity!  We found that once started, kids were quick to start “off-roading” away from the defined tutorial steps and enthusiastically explored what they could build from their own imagination.  This also works well as the tutorials are clearly explained so kids can always finish the tutorials on their own at home or at another session.  The most important thing is that kids had great fun and stayed engaged!  That said we did have a couple of dojo ninjas who completed the Tinkercad tutorial and was awarded their Tinkercad Credly badges.  Congratulations!


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3D Printer and Displayed 3D Objects

What could make the session even livelier?  Cool 3D gadgets!  We had two 3D printers at the session that were kept busy for the evening printing up 3D objects that the kids created.  Many thanks to parent, Tom Glynn and Autodesk representative, Sarah O’Rourke for bringing the printers and to Ethan for managing the print jobs!  Kids delighted in watching the 3D printers operate and learning about how they worked.  Tom also brought other 3D printed objects for the kids to check out.  Kids LOVED printing the objects they created in Tinkercad!  Natalie thoughtfully created a 3D print of her little brother’s name since he couldn’t make it to the session and Aidan printed the house he created from the tutorial.

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Proudly Displaying Objects Created in Tinkercad

If that wasn’t awesome enough, parent Jason Sosa added to the excitement of the evening by bringing a 3D Structure Sensor made by Occipital that attached to an iPad, and he helped kids make 3D images of themselves that were emailed to them for their own use.  There was not enough time to print these 3D images during the session, but after five hours of printing, Ethan brought his “mini me” to the next session to show us how it came out.  Here are Ethan and Jason showing us the before and after results.  What do you think of the likeness?

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Ethan, Jason, and Ethan’s “Mini Me”

Dojo ninjas had a chance to present the projects they had worked on for the evening near the end of the session.  We had a wonderful variety of inventive designs and a crowd of eager participants wanting to share their creations!  Alexander was a fantastic emcee for our session holding the mic for our presenters so that they could have their hands free to show their project and asking numerous questions to help them show their projects off to maximum advantage!  At TriV, we try to involve our kids in as many aspects of the club as we can.  Great job, Alexander!

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Mason shared his pig and later sent us a pic of his M134 mini-gun.

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Anthony talked about his house accompanied by emcee Alexander and friend Kaleb.  TriV kids are very supportive of their friends!

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Ethan shows his colorful and playful structure.

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Soumil designed a whimsical army of eggs!

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Alex created a boss battle arena to be exported into Minecraft.

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Maxime (left) exhibits his robot creation, while Aidan (right) shows the features of his house.

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Shreyas (not pictured) shared his tinkered 3D car.

There were so many marvelous creations made during this session. We wish we had more pictures of them all! We look forward to having more sessions on Tinkercad and seeing what other wonderful things our ninjas come up with!


One thought on “Everything 3D at TriV!

  1. Hi guys,

    this is just amazing! It’s so great to see that so many (young) people have the possibility to learn how to create 3D models thanks to your outstanding work! I think especially Tinkercad is great for kids and people who want to give it a first try.

    That’s why I just wrote my first Tinkercad tutorial myself. Feel free to take a look at it here: https://i.materialise.com/blog/tinkercad-3d-printing-tutorial and let me know if there is anything that still needs improvement. Thanks!


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