Learn and Master Computer-Aided Design (CAD) With Tinkercad
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Learn and Master Computer-Aided Design (CAD) With Tinkercad

Use 100% free software to create custom 3D objects that can be used for 3D printing, videogames, and animated movies.
4.6 (36 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
238 students enrolled
Created by James Floyd Kelly
Last updated 8/2015
Current price: $10 Original price: $30 Discount: 67% off
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create custom 3D models for use with games, movies, and 3D printing.
  • Add basic (primitive) shapes such as spheres and boxes to the workspace.
  • Merge basic shapes to create more complex shapes.
  • Rotate 3D objects on the workspace and blend them with existing objects.
  • Create "hole" objects for merging with solid objects to create unique shapes and designs.
  • Align and stack objects perfectly along an edge or axis.
  • Apply custom colors to custom 3D objects on the workspace.
  • Import 3D objects created by other users and use them in your own designs.
  • Shrink and enlarge 3D models -- choose metric or US/Imperial measurement system.
  • Create duplicates of a 3D model or create mirror versions.
  • Stretch and morph 3D models along three different axes.
  • Rotate around 3D objects and zoom in and out.
  • Download 3D models for printing with a 3D printer or a 3D printing service (such as Shapeways or Sculpteo).
  • Download 3D models for importing into Minecraft.
  • Make 3D models private or share them with the world.
  • Share 3D models with other users using a variety of free online 3D libraries.
  • Discover tricks and tips for using Tinkercad tools and features by viewing *Example Projects* videos.
  • Keep up-to-date with new features added to Tinkercad by viewing *New Feature* videos.
View Curriculum
  • This course will provide complete instructions for using the Tinkercad application. Tinkercad is a free CAD application that runs from a web browser. No prior experience with CAD is needed, although students should be familiar with basic computer skills such as using a mouse, saving files, and navigating folders. The course material works the same for Windows and (Mac) OS X operating systems.
  • Students familiar with 3D printing (and 3D printers) will discover that any 3D models created with Tinkercad can be printed with a 3D printer or a 3D printing service (such as Shapeways or Sculpteo).

*** The final Course Price Increase occurred on January 1, 2016 -- increasing to $30 ***

*** Please Note: A Course Price Increase Occurred On October 1, 2015 from $10 to $20 ***

Computer-Aided Design, or CAD, is a 21st century skill that anyone can learn... and a skill that everyone should learn. From artists to engineers, from 6-year-olds to 90-year-olds, CAD is software that helps a wide range of users create 3D objects on screen -- toys, buildings, vehicles, animated movie characters, video games, and more. Artists use CAD to design jewelry, furniture, and sculptures. Engineers use CAD to design the latest technology product you see in the stores, and architects use it to design skyscrapers and houses. Animators use CAD to create those wonderful CG (Computer Generated) special effects and characters you see in today's cutting-edge movies, and video game designers use CAD to bring to life other-worldly scenes and heroes and villains for today's favorite games. And hobbyists around the world have discovered CAD as the primary source for creating anything they wish to make with one of today's popular cutting-edge tools, the 3D printer.

CAD is not difficult to learn. As a matter of fact, it could be argued that CAD makes creating things easier. It's in the name -- Computer-Aided Design. You'll be using your Computer (or laptop) to Design things where the software will Aid you in your work. Can't draw a perfect circle or a believable cube? Don't worry - let CAD do the hard work for you. Have an image in your head that you're having trouble getting out on paper? Let CAD guide your hands and help you draw straight lines and nice curves and bring that image to life on screen.

CAD doesn't have to be expensive either -- the days of $1000 or $10,000 for a CAD application are over. Today, free CAD applications exist, and one of the best ones out there is called Tinkercad. It's free, it's colorful and easy to use, and best of all it doesn't have hundreds of buttons and toolbars and requires weeks or months to master. By the time you're done with this course, you'll have a solid grasp of Tinkercad's features and tools and be ready to start creating 3D models that will amaze you (and your friends, family, and co-workers).

Nothing special is required other than a computer, a mouse (although a laptop's touchpad is okay, too), an Internet connection and a web browser. Tinkercad is used by novices and expert CAD users; novices will find Tinkercad's simple interface and controls easy to learn and use, and expert CAD users will find Tinkercad is a stream-lined CAD app that skips the complex tools and gets them faster to their desired end result.

You'll find this course broken down into short, focused lessons. Once you've learned all the tools and features that Tinkercad offers, follow along by creating some of the sample projects that are created in the course. The course will be updated as new features are added to Tinkercad, so check back here when you discover a newly added tool and get a quick tutorial on how it works.

You're going to love learning CAD. It's one of those skills that once learned will open up all kinds of opportunities. Many employers like seeing CAD skills on a resume, and students can find all sorts of uses for it when it comes to special assignments and projects. Hobbyists will discover the power of CAD and how it can help take their hobbies to a new level.

Learn CAD and your imagination will have a real tool that it can use to do amazing things.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners needs no previous experience with CAD or 3D design applications -- beginners will gain hands-on training for all features found in the Tinkercad application
  • Intermediate-level students already familiar with CAD will gain fast mastery of all the features found in Tinkercad.
  • Advanced CAD students will be able to quickly evaluate all Tinkercad tools and features for comparison to other CAD applications.
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Curriculum For This Course
54 Lectures
Before You Start Learning Tinkercad
1 Lecture 04:24
Section 2 Tinkercad And Technical Requirements
2 Lectures 08:57
What Is Needed To Learn Tinkercad?

Why Tinkercad?
Sign Up And Login To Tinkercad
2 Lectures 08:25

Login To Tinkercad
Take A Tour Of The Tinkercad Dashboard
2 Lectures 20:04
The Tinkercad Dashboard

Copying Other User Models From The Gallery
The Workplane and Shapes Toolbar
4 Lectures 16:49
The Shapes

Workplane View Controls

Edit The Workplane Grid
Basic Object Manipulation
8 Lectures 28:42

Moving An Object

Moving Around The Workplane

Delete An Object

Changing An Object's Length And Width

Raising And Lowering An Object

Grow Or Shrink An Object's Dimensions Proportionally
More Object Manipulations
5 Lectures 20:50
Rotate An Object

Rotate Multiple Objects

Lock And Unlock An Object

Change An Object's Color

Moving An Object Using Snap Grid Controls
Object Management With The Design Menu
5 Lectures 12:18
Saving An Object

Close A Design

Duplicating An Object

An Object's Properties

The Help and Edit Menus
3 Lectures 06:30
Copy And Paste Selected Objects

Duplicate And Delete Objects

Learn About Tinkercad And Other Autodesk Apps
Create More Complex Objects
5 Lectures 16:52
Group Objects

Ungroup Objects

Align Objects

Create Mirror Images Of Objects

Group A Solid Object And A Hole Object
6 More Sections
About the Instructor
James Floyd Kelly
4.6 Average rating
36 Reviews
238 Students
1 Course
Freelance Technology Writer and Trainer

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time technology writer from Atlanta, Georgia. James has written over 30 books that cover topics such as LEGO robotics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), game programming, 3D printing, and open source software. He is a devoted tinkerer/maker, and enjoys learning new skills and finding new tools to master and passing that knowledge on to his two sons. From woodworking to electronics to programming, James always has a pair of goggles, a pen, and a notebook on hand so he can add a new hobby should the chance present itself.

The nitty gritty? Degrees in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University and English from the University of West Florida. Previous careers include network administrator, technology trainer, and technical editor. Books written for a mix of technology publishers that include Maker Media, Pearson/Que, Apress, and No Starch Press and frequent contributor to GeekDad.