Now that you've got some skills under your belt, get into the habit of noticing the things around you. Why is a cup shaped the way it is? Is your desk messy? Why are remote controls always so ugly? There has to be a better way to avoid headphone cables trying themselves in knots...
Invention is nothing but noticing a need and finding a way to serve it. If you take the time to observe the world around you to every last detail, you'll start solving problems in no time.
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Step 1: TinkerCAD + Minecraft
If you're into Minecraft, hopefully you've already taken Penolopy Bulnick's Minecraft Class. She goes into a lot of detail about how to get TinkerCAD models into Minecraft, but I'll give you a quick overview of the process here.
On the main TinkerCAD page, click on the GALLERY to find a cool model to try out.
You can browse by Hot Now, Newest Models, or Staff Favorites which is where I found the Mesopotamian Ziggurat model by LukeMordente1738.
Click Copy & Tinker to create your own copy of the model and save it in your own project.
When you bring a model in, it's as if you made it yourself. You can add, subtract, ungroup, or delete parts you don't want as you please.
Click the Minecraft icon in the upper right corner, and you'll get a preview of what the model will look like if you bring it into Minecraft.
Click the Block Size buttons on the upper left to cycle through different resolutions.
When you've decided on a block size, just click the Export button to get a file you can import to Minecraft. Remember, the Minecraft Classhas lots of detailed information on this process, so be sure to sign up for it!
Step 2: Ready to Level-Up?
TinkerCAD is a versatile and simple 3D modeling program that's good for designing all kinds of things. That being said, you might find yourself hitting the ceiling before too long. If you need to design moving parts, import 3D models of hardware to design a robot, simulate movement, or want to get into CNC, it might be time to move on to my 3D Printing Class.
In that class, we use Fusion 360- a professional grade 3D modeling program that's free for students and hobbyists. I've done most of my instructables projects in Fusion, including this Split Flap Display. If you want to get into moving parts, this is your tool.
Thanks for following along, be sure to check out all the cool 3D printing stuff on Instructables!
Step 3: Thanks for Playing!
We hope you enjoyed the class and that you're inspired to start designing your own 3D printed creations. We'd love to see what you make, so make some instructables and share your creativity with the world!