The new compatibility between MakerBot and Autodesk Tinkercad, a browser-based 3D design and modeling tool, provides a first-in-class connection between 3D design and 3D printing. Users can export models directly to My MakerBot without ever leaving their web browsers. This new connection brings two essential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning tools together and empowers educators to easily equip students with critical design and problem-solving skills.
Follow these steps to try out this new cloud-enable feature
Sign up for an account on www.tinkercad.com
Create a model by manipulating basic shapes, importing, or tinker an existing model shared from another designer. Once you have your model ready to print, click "export."
Tinkercad will prompt you to send your model directly to My MakerBot, where it can be printed on any cloud-connected MakerBot 3d printer. In My MakerBot, select your desired printer to print to, and adjust basic print settings.
If you don’t see your printer, connect the printer to the Cloud via WiFi or Internet, then, use the MakerBot Print or the MakerBot Mobile app to add and authenticate your MakerBot 3D printer.
With this new simplified system, students can take their ideas from a lesson plan, to 3D design, all the way to 3D printing on any device, including Chromebooks. This new Tinkercad–MakerBot connection broadens access to 3D printing for classrooms and adds to a growing collection of MakerBot resources for educators, including the new MakerBot Educators Guidebook and the world’s lesson plan library and community, Thingiverse Education.