TinkerCAD Key Tag Tutorial

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In this simple tutorial, you will learn how to design a key tag in the online CAD program TinkerCAD.

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Step 1: Inserting the Base of the Key Tag

Start by locating the "Box" in the menu on the right of your screen.

Then click and drag the "Box" to the middle of your work area (blue grid area).

Now, click the red box. You should now see a series of clickable boxes. Locate the white box on top, than click and drag down to adjust thickness. A thickness of 2mm is optimal.

Lastly, you will want to adjust the length and width of your key tag. To do this simply click your red box, now you will see an option panel on your right hand side. Locate the "width" and "length" values. Change the values "20" to: Length = 30 and Width = 50

Congratulations. Your base is now complete, follow the next step to add text to your key tag!

Step 2: Adding Text to Your Key Tag

Start by locating the "Text" in the menu on the right of your screen.

Then click and drag the "Text" to the middle of your work area (blue grid area).

In the text toolbar find the "Text" field.

Change the default to anything you like. However, you should keep the word below 7 letters for the best result.

Now select your object and click the bottom right corner box. Drag in or up to resize your text. Resize it so it is a little bit smaller than the base.

Congratulations. Your text is now complete, follow the next step to align the text and the base!

Step 3: Align the Text With the Base

Move your cursor (mouse) to the top left hand side of your key tag.

Click and hold then drag the cursor to the bottom right hand side of the key tag.

You should see a red dotted line around your key tag. If you see this, you can let go of your mouse button.

Now look at the top of your toolbar, you should see the align tool (see photo).

Press the align tool, you will now see a series of small black circles surrounding your key tag.

Press the middle bottom and the middle left button to centre your text.

Your text is now centred.

To finish your text you will need to adjust the text thickness.

Select the text, this will bring up several small boxes around the text.

Select the top middle box and hold and drag to a thickness of about 4mm.

Congratulations. Your text is fully now complete, follow the next step to add a hole to your key tag!

Step 4: Adding the Hole

Select the "cylinder" and drag it to your key tag in your work area.

Select the cylinder and drag it from the bottom left hand corner.

Drag it to resize it to about 5mm in diameter.

Now select the cylinder again and find the shape options. You will see by default it is a "solid" select the "hole" option.

If needed, select the cylinder again and move to your desired location on the key tag.

Congratulations. Your key tag hole is now complete, follow the next step to group and finish your key tag!

Step 5: Group and Finish Your Key Tag

Click and hold then drag the cursor to the bottom right hand side of the key tag.

You should see a red dotted line around your key tag. If you see this, you can let go of your mouse button.

Now look at the top of your toolbar, you should see the group tool (see photo).

Select this, you should now see all the shapes and text group into a single object.

Your key tag is now complete!

Step 6: Congratulations!

Congratulations! your key tag is now complete!

Find the "Export" button on the top left hand side of your toolbar and select export at ".stl".

Any more questions let a teacher know or leave a comment :)

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