Browser based 3D design software Tinkercad now supports model sharing directly to 3D printable file site MyMiniFactory. The integration of this feature is part of a shared vision “to bring 3D printing to the masses” and opens up the opportunity for developing designers to get their creations seen.

The 12 categories for 3D printable objects on MyMiniFactory

The 12 categories for 3D printable objects on MyMiniFactory

“Imagine anything”

Tinkercad is software designed by Autodesk as a means to introduce first-time users to 3D design. With in-built “Learn” and “Teach” categories it has become a favourite for use in schools. It is popular in the maker community and as such, was used by YouTuber SparkyFace5 to launch the #3DBlockZoo challenge.

Exporting models directly to MyMiniFactory feature can be done under the “Share” option located in Tinkercad’s toolbar on the right. When the “Send to” site is selected an automated process prompts existing users to log in and authorize the program to post the model for them.

Experimenting with the new share option.

Experimenting with the new share option.

When this is complete, the process automatically adds the title of the object, with a direct link to the original model in the item details.

The test model uploaded directly to MyMiniFactory.

The test model uploaded directly to MyMiniFactory.

Existing Tinkercad features support MyMiniFactory integration well. The ability to import other 3D models into the build allows feedback between both of the websites for designers to make quick design tweaks. The screenshot feature is also useful, as it gives an image of the 3D design without any overlaid tools for rotation, zoom and scale.

A competition to celebrate

To celebrate, MyMiniFactory are giving away a Startt 3D printer every week for Tinkercad designs uploaded through this new feature. To be in the chance with winning one, Tinkercad designers simply have to send their 3D models to MyMiniFactory within the next two weeks. A winner will be selected at random.

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Featured image shows 3D models of MyMiniFactory and Tinkercad logos in Tinkercad’s build area. “MMF 3D Logo” by Michael Daniel Miller and “Tinkercad” by dikraa12.

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