The goal of this quest is to find 3D modeling software that is inexpensive, user friendly, precise and inspiring. In part 1 of this series I looked at SketchUp and 123D Design. Someone suggested TinkerCad so I gave that a whirl.
I can’t tell if they have a paid option or not.
Web-based: You are always using the latest version – nothing to install.
Great user experience. Looks beautiful and easy to figure things out on my own without much help.
Unlike 123D Design you can resize objects to exact dimensions without having to use a factor. See my part 1 post for details on that issue with 123D Design.
Amazing tutorial experience. They teach you the app by bringing you step-by-step through using what they call “quests”.
Web-based: You need an internet connection to use it and I found it to be on the slow side.
Functionality is limited. I didn’t find an option to round corners, loft, combine, tweak, etc.
Can’t select edges of objects and tweak. Everything is done by combing objects that are available in their toolbox.
The tutorial experience:
To find Shape Generators go to the right menu select Shape Generators and then Your Shape Generators
While this isn’t a software I would personally select because I need to be able to tweak a lot more than what Tinkercad provides, it still has a lot of value and was really fun to learn.