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Beyond Tinkercad

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Friday, December 4, 1:15–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Andy Mann  
Explore Tinkercad alternatives such as 3DSlash for early learners, Sculptfab for artists, OnShape for detailed connected parts and SketchUp for building designs. Try Terrain2STL for terrain maps, and beginner apps such as the Snowflake Machine and name tag generator, Thingiverse customizers. Guide students to the best app for their project.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Most programs will work online without an account.

Thingiverse (Account required to use and save files with the customizer)

3D Slash (account required to save)

OnShape - Education plan (educational account required to use)

SketchUp (must be activated by Google Admin) to use

Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

There are five learning objects
1 - Participants will get a hands-on introduction to 3DSlash and how it may be a good fit for early learners

2 - Participants will get a hands-on introduction to Sculptfab - exploring this alternative tool for creating with a “ball of clay”

3 - Participants will get a hands-on introduction to creating a terrain map using Terrain2STL and creating entry level projects with the Snowflake Machine and a name tag generator

4 - Participants will get a hands-on introduction to SketchUp for Schools - the online version of SketchUp - ideal for building designs

5 - Participants will explore other alternatives to Tinkercad and learn how to move files between different design programs - leveraging the strengths of each.


Welcome and discuss the strengths of Tinkercad and some of the newest features (10 minutes)
Hands-on project with and Snowflake Machine (15 minutes)
Hands-on introduction to 3DSlash (10 minutes)
Hands-on project with Sculptfab (15 minutes)
Hands-on introduction to SketchUp for Schools (10 minutes)
Hands-on project with Terrain2STL (10 minutes)
Explore other alternatives design programs such OnShape and Doodle3D (10 minutes)
Moving files between apps and wrap up (10 minutes)

Participants will leave with one or more 3D object files (.stl files) which they created. These may be printed later on their own 3D printer.

Supporting research

How to learn CAD in schools: Top 15 of the best educational software
10 Best Free Online CAD / 3D Modeling Software Tools of 2018
Best Free Alternatives to Tinkercad
Tinkercad Review – UPDATED 2018 – Best Tinkercad Alternatives

Alternatives to Autodesk Tinkercad

10 Best Free 3D Modeling and Design Tools to replace Autodesk 123D


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Andy Mann, Muskegon Area Intermediate School Dist

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