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Anyone using Tinkercad vs 123D Design? Curious about how and why people use one or the other.

Tinkercad is great for beginners, while 123D is slightly more advanced with features.  Does anyone prefer one over the other for different reasons?

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Tomdf4 years ago
As far as I know, Tinkercad is the only free 3D software that can import vector artwork.
I recall Autodesk 123D has trouble with importing skins and textures on objects. You are correct.
RealJG4 months ago

easiest to learn, yet most powerful app is still SelfCAD

Ryter81 year ago

Hi there,

what I like most about 123D Design is that hollowing objects is quite easy. If you're ordering with online 3D printing services (that use SLS printers), hollowing a 3D model is really important and saves a lot of money.

123D Design has a super easy hollowing function to make this happen. You can hollow any shape by clicking on ‘modify’ and ‘shell’. You can then select how big the hollowed space will be and how thick the walls will remain (see more here: https://i.materialise.com/blog/save-money-with-3d-....

Since Tinkercad follows the 'LEGO approach' following an object can be hard to sheer impossible. However, Tinkercad still is easier to use for people who create their first 3D print (i.e. here: https://i.materialise.com/blog/tinkercad-3d-printi...

Hope this helps!

fozzy133 years ago

Maybe this thread is dead since it's a year old, but anyway:

I've been playing with both softwares more recently, almost a year since the last time I did anything productive with either of them, and I have to give it to Tinkercad. 123D Design, even if it's more featured, is constantly slow on my computer, if not completely closing. Tinkercad is immensely easy to use, and now that I've figured out how to import STL's from Inkscape, and found a collection of community-written object-generator scripts, I doubt I'll be using 123D Design anytime soon. Unless it's had updates that I haven't seen yet to fix the slowness.

fozzy133 years ago

Maybe this thread is dead since it's a year old, but anyway:

I've been playing with both softwares more recently, almost a year since the last time I did anything productive with either of them, and I have to give it to Tinkercad. 123D Design, even if it's more featured, is constantly slow on my computer, if not completely closing. Tinkercad is immensely easy to use, and now that I've figured out how to import STL's from Inkscape, and found a collection of community-written object-generator scripts, I doubt I'll be using 123D Design anytime soon. Unless it's had updates that I haven't seen yet to fix the slowness.

They are now with the same company Autodesk.
Grissini4 years ago
Yes. Importing .stl seems tricky or impossible in 123d. And 3D text in tinkercad is really easy. It really depends on what I'm creating. If it's something real simple, Tinkercad. When things get complex, I'll use 123d.
I know for a fact that if you use Autodesk 123D Beta 9 you can open or import .stl file types.
The problem with Autodesk Thinkercad is that it is pre-determined shapes, which makes it hard to make cool models. Compared to Autodesk 123D Design, I feel they are very similar. Compared to Autodesk 123D Beta 9, it is very simple, while Autodesk Beta 9 is much more complex and precise.
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