Santa’s Workshop

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.

Yes, I made the elves, stockings, and presents too. You can view the 3D design on Tinkercad: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/hH70mNuXMGZ

Creating a Christmas Tree with Tinkercad

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.

Dog House

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.

  • Align Objects
  • Group Objects
  • Creating Holes
  • CTRL +D keys to Duplicate Objects
  • Arrow Keys to Nudge Objects
  • Changing Objects Size and Color
  • Placing the Workplane on a Object
  • Rotating Objects
  • Mirroring Objects
  • D key to place object on Workplane

The video is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/2zywVTU4b2c

The design can be viewed on Tinkercad using this link: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/3KxOkw3RJ0H. Below are a few pictures of the Dog House. I know, I know, it needs a dog. That would be another video.

The Elven Builders

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:

Rivendell, a castle from the Hobbit – By Josiah Miller
Minas Tirith castle in Gondor – By Josiah Miller
Warship – By Josiah Miller
helms deep – the hornburg of Rohan – By Josiah Miller
Anduril – Flame of the West – By Michael Ironstone
Ereborian Windlance – By Michael Ironstone
Helm’s Deep – The Hornburg – By Michael Ironstone
Osgiliath 11 – by Michael Ironstone
Rivendell, the house of Elrond – By Nightfuzzball
catapult ballista – By Nightfuzzball
Mc Donald’s French Fries – by Dhruv Sreenivas
Ray gun – by Dhruv Sreenivas

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.

3D Design of Houmas House

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.

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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.

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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

Here are a couple picture of the Houmas House.
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Balloon Cart

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.

Here is the link to view it in Tinkercad:  Balloon Cart

This link will let you view it in MakerBot Thinkverse:  Balloon Cart

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I do not believe that it can be 3D printed without some tinkering.

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3D Printing – The Easter Egg

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.

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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.

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I probably could have made the chicken bigger, maybe I will.

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The egg was printed on Ultimaker 2+ printer.  I read that beta version of the Cura Software allows more control over supports.  Yay!

Tinkercad – the free, online 3D CAD app

Clackers

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.

My family have official declared me weird.

 

Stand For Fluid Painting

Fluid Painting can be messy.  You pour paint over the canvas and it drips over the edges.  What a mess!  I am not a clean freak, just a person working in limited space and I need my table to draw and do other things.  So far, I have limited myself to 4″ canvases, and I have a 3D printer sitting right next to my work table… I decided I would design and print a stand for my pour paintings.

The maximum print size of my Ultimaker 3d printer is around 8 inches, width and length.  The height can go up to around 12 inches.  So, this project was perfect.

The catch basin is 5″ square, or in my design world 127mm, and 1″ (25.4mm) high.  Just in case different colors dropped from the different edges of the canvas, I divided off the catch basin and add drain notches.  It didn’t need it, but I placed pegs to hold the stand, and divided off this compartment to keep paint off of the stand.  It took around 11 hours to print.

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The design was done in Tinkercad and export as a STL file.  The file was imported into Cura and where a .gcode file was made.  I used the “normal” setting because the “fine” setting indicated it would take 23 hours to print.  Therefore, some warping occurred because of the setting and because I select not to add a Brim support.

The stand was also designed in Tinkercad.  It is 3 inches high.  The break in the structure allows for air to flow under the canvas.  It took around 4 hours to print.

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The notches on top of the stand, allows me to put some other type of support under the canvas to lift off, in case I want to reuse the stand before drying is complete.

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The finished product.

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The colors, yes I used Color Shift paint by Folk Art and grab the black and 4 other colors.

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The test.

Ok, some of the holes leaked.  The center dividers should have been larger and I did not pour out of the basin as I expected.  I do not know if I am going to tweak the design and reprint it or not.  Probably.

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I did get a cup (one ounce) out of the basin.  It should go nicely with another pour.

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