During 2020, I have spent a lot of time in Tinkercad designing 3D buildings and other items to go with the buildings. Here is probably my final design for 2020, my version of Santa’s Workshop. I created the flooring first, then the decorating inside the building. Afterwards, I created the walls, windows, doors and finally the outside décor.
In 2020, I haven’t painted much, nor have I drawn much. Most of my time being creative was spent in Tinkercad. I used Tinkercad to create a replicate of the Houmas House. I have created many building for my Railroad Town. Other designers are asking “How?” or “Teach me!” Since it is Christmas Time, I decided to provide instructions on how I created a Christmas Tree using Tinkercad. The instructions on instructable: https://www.instructables.com/Designing-a-Christmas-Tree-With-Tinkercad/. Or you can watch the video:
Yes, I also created an angel to go on top of the tree.
You need to watch to video to see how I created the Angel.
On October 15, 2020, I created a Restaurant in Tinkercad for my Railroad Town. A few days later, I made the design Public and Tinkercad designated the design as a “Favorite” As of November 23, 2020, the Restaurant has 420 likes, 141 comments, and 1000s of people copied it. Below are images of the Restaurant. You can view the Restaurant in Tinkercad at this link: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/lP7Wk4g6jI4
Tinkers from around the world has asked: “How did you make it?”, “How did you get the wood texture?”, “How …?”. Instead of recreating the Restaurant to answer their questions, I made a video when I created a Dog House in Tinkercad. It shows the basic techniques I use when creating the Restaurant.
2020 has been a year of basically being stuck at home. Individuals have found new, or old ways, to entertain themselves from cooking to gardening to home repair. However, their are a few of us that have spend countless hours creating 3D masterpieces in Tinkercad.
I have personally have created eight buildings, one wagon, a horse, a piano and many more items to go in my Railroad Town. Many others have created amazing design. Michael, Josiah, Nightfuzzbal, and Dhruw are working as a team to recreate the Middle-Earth Lord of the Rings designs. Their designs are amazing. Visit their website Edhellen Sintano – The Elven Builders for links to their 3D designs. Below are just a few pictures of their designs:
When checking out their work, make sure you check out the details they put into their designs. They have a lot of amazing work. Check out Josiah’s White House or Michael’s Eagle.
To see my work, well you are just going to have to wait for another blog post, or visit Tinkercad.com and search for SarahCath.
Here it is! This is what I have been working on since May 14.
I selected the Houmas House in Louisiana because it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in Louisiana, and because I had a bunch of pictures.
I worked on it about 20 minutes per day. On July 3, disaster happened. For some reason the image was locked. I could not make any changes. This event was very discouraging until I decided to see if I could “duplicate” the design in the program. Success, I now had a copy of the original that I continued to develop. I also decided to create parts of the design in other files and import them into the design so it would load faster.
I designed it so it could be 3D printed; each floor, the post and steps, the railing, the original building in the back. One day soon, I may try to print it. The stairs will not print, not enough support structure. Everything in the design, is no smaller that .4 mm.
This is the view from the front door. I decided to make the windows panes transparent so the inside of the house could be viewed through the windows.
The house is not exacted. I did not have pictures of some of the areas of the house.
This is the design in Tinkercad. It will take a while to load because there are numerous parts. Houmas House
Three years ago, I designed this Balloon Cart in Tinkercad. I thought I would feature it in this blog because I been finishing up another similar project. This design has been downloaded numerous times from Tinkercad. I think they are just after my balloons.
My latest 3D project was to print a sphere with the Seed of Life Design on in. I created it in Tinkercad; Seed of Life. On the bottom of the object I left a 12 mm hole for a LED light.
It took me numerous attempts to get it printed. Finally, I had to add supports to the sphere in Cura, the 3d slicing program, to get it to adhere to the plate. Approximately 10 hours in to the 13 hours print, I noticed the translucent filament that the printer was using was about to run out. I therefore replaced the filament with white.
Here is the final result. The printer obviously needs some more adjusting.
After I put the light in the bottom of the sphere, it look so good I made a video. The video is posted on YouTube. Seed of Life Video
Here are some pictures with the LED light.
I posted the STL file on Youmagine for anyone to download.
Yesterday, I designed an Easter Egg using Tinkercad. Today, I printed the Easter Egg. Creating the Egg in Tinkercad is easy. They have a egg object. Hollowing out the egg is easy; copy egg, reduce the size, make it a hole, align the solid egg with the hole egg, and group.
Making the two egg halves with the crack was more complicated than making the chick. The chick is two circles for the body, two circles for the eyes, two flatten and stretched trapezoid for the wings, the heart shape for the head, and Tinkercad’s chicken foot object for the feet.
To see how I created the crack in the egg, check it out here. Note: I am working on other cool chicks, so the design my change.
I probably could have made the chicken bigger, maybe I will.
The egg was printed on Ultimaker 2+ printer. I read that beta version of the Cura Software allows more control over supports. Yay!
I do not believe that Amazon is spying on us, but there are a numerous hackers in the world. And, getting dressed in front of a camera….
This privacy shield is for the Amazon Echo Show to cover the camera. It will put the device to sleep because it can not detect movement in the room. You can still access the three buttons on top of the device with the shield installed.
The Camera is in the top center of the device.
I put “Alexa” on the shield because that is the wake up word for the AI.
It all started on Facebook and someone saying “Do you remember…” Yes, I do remember Clackers, they were fun to play with, but dangerous (will at least in today’s world.) We would get hit with one or both of the glass balls and go ouch or whoops. However, in today’s world, they are safer than the Tide Pod challenge.
My 3D printer and I were not getting along, so we both took a break from each other. After the Facebook posting, I decided it was time to put the print back to work. And, one of the simplest thinks to design and print would be a ball with at hole in the middle.
I used Tinkercad to design it. 5cm ball with a hole in the middle. I then did the thing I been regretting for a while, I cleaned, oiled and balanced the printer. The first print failed, the item was not adhering to build plate. Failure. I rebalanced the build plate. Failure. I removed the build plate and cleaned it with soap and warm water and rebalanced the build plate. Success, I had one ball for my clackers, so I printed a second one.
The string is only nylon string with a loop tied at the top and a knot at the end of each ball.