Introduction: Design and 3D Print a Bag Tag

These step-by-step instructions will guide you through the basics of creating a bag tag using Tinkercad and preparing it for 3D printing. It can be a tag for your purse, backpack, or luggage!

Tinkercad is a free web based CAD program: www.tinkercad.com

Step 1: Create Base

1. Drag and drop a shape onto the workplane

2. Scale the shape to about 65mm x 32mm for a rectangular shape. The tag can be relatively any shape, get creative

3. Adjust the height of the shape to 2mm

Step 2: Create Tag Hole

1. Drag and drop a cylinder onto the workplane

2. While selected click hole in the top right corner to turn the cylinder into a hole

3. Scale the hole to about 3mm x 8mm. The height does not matter, as long the hole is greater than the height of you tag base

4. Place the hole at the top of luggage tag. For a more precise alignment try using the align tool located under the adjust menu in the top right corner

5. With the hole and base selected, click the group button in the top right corner. For a shortcut to select all objects on workplane press ctrl+a

You now have a base for a luggage or backpack tag and can get started on customizing your design!

Step 3: Customize

1. Create Design With Holes

a. Any shape can be turned into a hole by selecting the shape and clicking “Hole” in the top right corner

b. Drag and drop desired shape onto workspace

c. Select the shape and turn it into a hole

d. Drag hole onto desired location on luggage tag

e. Left click and drag to select the bookmark base and hole(s)

f. While selected group hole(s) and bookmark base, by clicking “Group” in the upper right corner

g. Get creative and repeat the steps to create a fun custom design

2. Create Design with Extrusion

a. Drag and drop desired shape onto workplane

b. Raise shape 2mm off of the workplane (or the height of your tag)

c. Place shape on desired location

d. Group all shapes

Step 4: 3D Print

1. Download File for 3D Printing

a. Once design is complete select “Design” from the upper left corner

b. Click on menu option “Download for 3D Printing”

c. Select “.STL” button

d. The file will now appear in the downloads folder and can be opened in a 3D printing software

You can also order a 3D Print through Tinkercad if you do not have access to a 3D Printer.

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keebie81 (author)2016-08-20

Stencil fonts might work a bit better if the font design doesnt matter. That way the insides of O's R's and other similiar letters show.

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