Introduction: Design a Pumpkin in Tinkercad

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Harness the power of Tinkercad! Transform eight eggs and a paraboloid into a pretty pumpkin!

Step 1: View

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Rotate view left.

Step 2: One Egg

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  1. Drag one egg onto the Workplane. The egg can be found under 'Extras'.
  2. Holding down the ‘SHIFT’ key, click the rotate arrow and rotate the egg -90 degrees so that it is laying on its side.

Step 3: Many Eggs

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  1. Reset view location.
  2. Duplicate the egg (Ctrl + D).
  3. Rotate it +45 degrees.
  4. Use the arrow keys to move it 10 mm left, and 5 mm toward the center.
  5. Press Ctrl + D six times.
  6. Select everything (Ctrl + A).
  7. Group (Ctrl + G).
  8. Press ‘D’ to drop the pumpkin down so that it is touching the Workplane.

Step 4: Resize

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Use the white dots to resize the pumpkin.

You can make it short, tall, wide, or thin. Play around with the sizing until you find a shape that you like.

Step 5: Stem

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  1. Drag a paraboloid onto the Workplane.
  2. Holding down the ‘SHIFT’ key, click the rotate arrow and rotate the paraboloid 180 degrees.
  3. Use the cone to move the stem up the z-axis, and drag it to the top-center of the pumpkin.
  4. Use the white dots to resize the stem (optional).

Instead of using the paraboloid, try making the stem out of other objects like the cylinder or the hexagonal prism.

Step 6: Alignment

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To align the stem and the body of the pumpkin more precisely:

  1. Select both objects.
  2. Go to Adjust > Align.
  3. Look at the Workplane and click each of the two lines that crosses under the center of the pumpkin.

Step 7: Color

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To change the color:

  1. Select an object.
  2. Go to Inspector > Color.
  3. Select a color.


blic19933 (author)2016-10-23

OK. I run into a problem. How does step 3 #5 'Press Ctrl + D six times' get you from 2 segments to a full pumpkin? It just seems to duplicate the eggs in one place. I tried repeating your rotate and arrow instructions but that does not work either. Help please!

blic19933 (author)blic199332016-10-23

Ok. We got it. I had to start over from scratch. Thanks again.

krivas (author)blic199332016-10-23

Awesome! I'm glad you were able to get it to work. 'Ctrl + D' will duplicate an object. Then, if you move and/or rotate the new object and press 'Ctrl + D' again, Tinkercad will "Smart Duplicate". This means that it will duplicate and apply the same move and rotation changes.

blic19933 (author)2016-10-23

What a creative way to make a pumpkin. Our teen club will really like this. Thanks for the great Instructable!

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