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Easiest 3D Name Tag, using Tinkercad

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Ever been to one of those completely awful and sterile corporate meet ups before?  Yeah, you know the ones I'm talking about. Everyone has to put on their best suit, sacrifice their weekend and drive an hour to the city just to hear the big wigs talk about blah blah...quarterly sales.....blah blah....compliance officers.  There's no food and hardly any entertainment.  But the absolute worst insult? The company forces you to to don those terrible "Hi! I'm...." name tags and there's no colored Sharpies!!! That's right, not only do you have to pretend to know or care about "Joe From Accounting" but you can't even show how awesome your name is.  

Don't fall victim to this colorless corporate drudgery again!  3D Print your own Embossed Name Tag today!
 
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Step 1: Using Tinkercad

For those of you who haven't gotten to try it out, Tinkercad is an amazing piece of online 3D design software, now owned by Autodesk, Inc.  It is extremely simple to use with a ton of design features for creating models. I got to try it out last month at the Vancouver Hackerspace, when we were hosting a Build Night through an Instructables Partnership and I gave a small class demonstration of it.  

The name tag I created here was for one of my peers Gerard Pietrykiewicz aka "Geordie" and printed using Loial Otter's truly amazing 3D printers.

Step 2: Create Your Base

Start by taking a basic cube shape from the "Shapes" column at the right.  You can think of these as a bucket of available building blocks when you were a kid.  Take the cube shape and then and form it into a thin rectangular shape.

Scaling in Tinkercad is the same way as scaling an image- simply push and pull at the corners to resize the model The dimensions are in millimeters, but you can always scale up.  

Pull and drag at the corners of the cube until you have your desired shape.  The dimension of my name tag was 20 mm wide by 68 mm long and 2 mm deep.  
pie201020114 months ago
The way you described those meetings at the beginning THAT'S TOTALLY MY LIFE!!!!! These name tags are awesome!!
antoniraj1 year ago
the 3D printed name tag looks very impressive.. unfortunately, we don't have 3D printers other than a very few cities in India
SHIFT! (author)  antoniraj1 year ago
Then allow me to direct your attention to this 'ible: http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Print-with-Paper/
thank you
Great idea for a name tag, I imagine a desk name plate would look just a sharp!
SHIFT! (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
"Mikeasaurus: Supreme World Overlord", has a nice ring :D
Great job Shift!!! :-)
SHIFT! (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thanks MC!