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.

https://www.tinkercad.com/embed/lsOGqEv4J22?editbtn=1

Rescued Houses – Part Four

Another three house painted from my Rescued Houses series.  Why are they called “Rescued Houses.”  In August 2016, South Louisiana had what some believed to be a 1000 year flood.  The storage unit which held these houses flooded.  These plaster houses were in water for over week.  There is minor damage to all the houses, but that may add to their charm.

The entire story is in Part One.

Notice the Railroad Crossing sign.  It is not original to the house.  The original sign is  currently missing, which means it could be in another box.  Therefore, I created the sign in Tinkercad, printed with my 3D printer, and painted the sign.   I only had to print one sign, because I got the measurements right on the first design.

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Railroad Depot

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Music Store

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Jewelry Store

Seed of Life

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.

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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.

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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.

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I posted the STL file on Youmagine for anyone to download.

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!

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