For my 3D printing project, I decided to use Tinkercad to create an object from scratch. I started by browsing on Thingiverse for inspiration, and decided I wanted to do some sort of building and chose to create a small castle. I started in Tinkercad by moving around cubes and figuring out how to orient them and stretch them to create the core of the castle. I then added elongated cubes around the structure to give the effect of watch towers. For the roof, I elongated a triangle and added 7-sided pyramids to the towers. At this point, the castle looked pretty bland, so I figured out that moving a small shape halfway into the castle and turning it into a ‘hole’ made nice windows.
The most challenging part in creating this was getting used to the tools in Tinkercad and figuring out how to size, orient, and line everything up so it made sense and would group together nicely. I added more windows for decoration and another tower in the back, and selected everything and grouped it together.
After uploading my castle to Print Studio and sending it to the printer, I realized there was a gap or an uneven section at the base, so to correct this I added a flat and elongated cube as a sort of platform to even everything out. The castle took about 2.5 hours to print, here is the final result:
This project is the first experience I’ve had with 3D printing. It was interesting learning how to use Tinkercad, and I was surprised by how simple the printing itself was. I would like to expand my knowledge by possibly scanning something to print in the future.