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Tinkercad Tutorial Series Remote Learning Exercises to show understanding of CAD functions ...

We’re humbled at how well our Tinkercad Tutorials have been received. We understand that this will be a challenging year for both educators and students alike due to remote online learning. We decided to help out by providing exercises that teachers can assign to students to illustrate that they have an understanding of how to use Autodesk’s widely accessible CAD program. Let’s do what we can to support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines during this tricky time. 

A comprehensive discussion about the Tinkercad interface and shape movement

Assessment: Bowling Exercise

  • Drag and drop a cylinder onto the workplane.
  • Use the duplicate method or the copy and paste method to create a total of 6 cylinders on the workplane.
  • Move the cylinders into a triangle position (three in the back row, followed by two in the middle row, followed by one in the front row).
  • Drag and drop a sphere on to the workplane.
  • Lift the sphere 2mm up off of the workplane.
  • Take 3 screenshots of the finished exercise at different angles to illustrate that you know how to rotate and view the workplane.
Interface Homework Answer

Diving deep into shape manipulation and scaling of objects in the design environment

Assessment: Manipulation and Rotation

 

  • Create a transparent yellow box with the dimensions…
    (Length: 25, Width: 15, Height: 10, Radius of 1, Steps 10)
  • Create another box and change the color from red to blue. Change the dimensions to…
    (Length: 20, Width: 10, Height: 15, Radius: 2.5, Steps: 20
  • Screenshot your work.
  • Delete the yellow transparent box.
  • Change the radius of the solid blue box you made to 0 (so that the edge is sharp).
  • Using rotation and movement, make the corner of the box (where the three edges intersect; also known as a vertex) be what comes into contact with the surface of the workplane.
  • Screenshot your work.

A discussion of the hole, group/ungroup feature, the align tool, and the flip tool

Assessment: Tinker Cup

  • Introduce a cylinder onto the workplane and change dimensions to…
    (Sides: 60, Bevel: .75, Segments: 10, Length: 20, Width: 20, Height: 30)
  • Introduce another cylinder onto the workplane and change its dimensions to…
    (Sides: 60, Bevel: 0, Segments: 1, Length: 17.5, Width: 17.5, Height: 32)
  • Transform this second cylinder into a hole. Screenshot your work.
  • Use the Align Tool to position the Hole Cylinder into the center of the Solid Cylinder and make sure to raise the Hole Cylinder 2mm off of the workplane (to ensure it doesn’t cut away at the bottom of the cup when grouped together).
  • Group them together to create your cup. Screenshot your work from multiple angles.
  • Bonus: create a handle using torus and attach to the cup. (Make sure the handle does not protrude into the inside of the cup).
Tinkercad Group and Ungroup

A discussion of the workplane and ruler tools as well the brick and block environment

Assessment: Name the Roof

  • Introduce four roof shapes onto the workplane.
  • Position them parallel to one another ensuring there is equal space between each one of them in relation to the other (use align tool and ruler tool). 
  • Apply a new workplane onto one of the roof sides and then use the letter shapes (find them under ‘text and numbers’ in Tinkercad shapes) to position one on each rooftop to spell your name. Center each letter on each rooftop (use align tool). If your name is more than four characters long, you can just use the first four letters of your name.
  • Exit this workplane by clicking on the workplane tool and then clicking on original workplane. This will bring you back to the original workplane view. 
  • Screenshot your work.
Tinkercad Workplane Tool

An instructional video on circular patterns, linear patterns, and slicing of objects.

More Assessments below…

Assessment: Sharp Teeth Pattern

  • Introduce a cone onto the workplane. Duplicate it. Shift + Drag it out 10mm to the right and raise it 10mm off of the workplane.
  • Flip the duplicated cone upside down.
  • Duplicate it several more times until it creates a teeth pattern like in image below.
    Screenshot your work.
  • ***Tip: It is duplicating it in a linear zig zag pattern because one cone is flipped upside down.

Assessment: Diagonal Spikes

  • Introduce a cone onto the workplane. Duplicate it. Shift + Drag it out 12mm to the right and raise it 5mm off of the workplane.
  • Duplicate it multiple times so that it creates a diagonal pattern as shown in image below.
  • Screenshot your work.
Tinkercad Linear Pattern

Assessment: Sphere Clock Numbers

  • Introduce a sphere into the center of the workplane.
  • Duplicate the sphere two times. Then shift+drag each of those spheres 12mm away from center, so that original sphere is directly between the two duplicated spheres.
  • Select both duplicated spheres and then keep duplicating and rotating them 30 degrees until there are 12 spheres in a circular pattern.
  • Screenshot your work.
Tinkercad Circular Pattern Assessment

Assessment: Stairway to Heaven

  • Introduce a box onto the workplane, change dimensions to (Height: 2, Length: 40, Width: 20).
  • Duplicate and then raise 2mm, rotate slightly and move over to the edge of original as shown in video.
  • Keep duplicating until you create a spiral staircase as shown in image below.
  • Screenshot your work.
Tinkercad Circular Pattern

Assessment: Splitting a Cone

  • Introduce a cone onto the workplane with dimensions (Height: 90, Width & Length: 50).
  • Create two Hole Cylinders that are both 45 units in height, and have a greater width and length than the base of the cone. 
  • Stack them one on top of the other so that they encompass the entire cylinder. 
  • Select the three shapes and duplicate them. Then follow video instructions on how to delete the top and bottom halves. 
  • Bring both of the cone halves onto the surface of plane as shown in image.
  • Screenshot your work. 
Tinkercad Assessment Splitting a Cone

Everything you need to know about importing, exporting, sharing, and downloading files

Assessment: Importing & Exporting

  • Export a design you created for the previous assessments and save as .STL file. 
  • Send the STL file to the instructor.  
  • Import a .STL or .OBJ file into the Tinkercad program.
  • Take a Screen Shot.
Lesson Tinkercad Importing and Exporting

Congratulations…you’ve made it to the end and are a Tinkercad warrior! Keep creating and learning!!

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