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Tinkercad is a free, drag and drop, browser-based 3D modeling software developed by Autodesk, it’s part of the 123D family software. TinkerCAD in very suitable for creating simple 3D drawings to be 3D printed as it exports the files as STL. It’s worth noting that you’ve to create an account in order to start using TinkerCAD.

Learning TinkerCAD is very helpful for tinkerers, hobbyists and even kids as it allows the user to realize their ideas and even 3D print it by just dragging and dropping without any complications.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn TinkerCAD, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along so you won’t find a link to a single article or a reply in a forum post.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn TinkerCAD) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with TinkerCAD from Scratch

Project Ignite

Project Ignite is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD through an interactive tutorial. You’ve to register in order to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 5 lessons “sections” each lesson is divided into steps that covers certain topics in TinkerCAD.

Interface: The interface is simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to a new page where the “steps” reside, just follow these steps from start to finish.

1 - Project Ignite TinkerCAD TrainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The training teaches beginners most of the topics they should be familiarized with in order to start using TinkerCAD.

Cons

  1. You’ve to read each “step” in the tutorial as there’s no audio accompanying the training.

Verdict: This is the best outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD online through an interactive tutorial.

TinkerCAD Website

TinkerCAD Website “quests” section is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD through an interactive training. You don’t have to register to have access to training.

Structure: There’s no real structure for the training, it’s divided into 8 sections, each section is divided into a group of tutorials that covers various topics in TinkerCAD.

Interface: The interface is simple, just click on the tutorial you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page of the tutorial.

 2 - TinkerCAD Training on TinkerCAD WebsiteNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for beginners.
  3. The training teaches beginners with many of the topics they should be familiarized with in order to start using TinkerCAD.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well-organized for beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD online through an interactive tutorial.

TinkerCAD YouTube Channel

TinkerCAD YouTube Channel is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD through a video training.

Structure: The training is divided into 14 video lessons, each lesson covers a certain topic in TinkerCAD.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

3 - TinkerCAD Youtube channel trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well-organized for beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD online through a video tutorial.

Team Budmen

Team Budmen is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD through a text-based training. You don’t have to register to have access to training.

Structure: The training has a learn by doing style in which you’ll learn how to use TinkerCAD through drawing a Spaceship, in each step of the training you’ll learn about certain tool in TinkerCAD.

Interface: The interface is very simple, the entire training is in a single webpage and you just have to follow the steps from start to finish.

4 - Team Budmen TinkerCAD trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. Very easy for beginners to follow along the tutorial.

Cons

  1. Doesn’t cover every aspect of the software.

Verdict: This is the best outlet for beginners to start learning TinkerCAD through a text-based tutorial.

SPO Learning Lab

SPO Learning Lab is the fifth free online outlet where beginners can start learning TinkerCAD through a text-based training. You don’t have to register to have access to training.

Structure: As the above training outlet , this training has the learn by doing style in which you’ll learn how to use TinkerCAD through drawing various 3d shapes/models, in each step of the training you’ll learn about a certain tool in TinkerCAD. The training is divided into 2 webpages; the “Introduction” and the “Small Box” webpages.

Interface: The interface is very simple, the entire training lies in two webpages.

5 - SPO Learning Lab TinkerCAD trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. Doesn’t cover every aspect of the software.

Verdict: This is a very good outlet for beginners to start learning TinkerCAD through a text-based tutorial.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning TinkerCAD:

  1. Project Ignite is the best outlet for beginners to start learning TinkerCAD through an interactive tutorial.
  2. TinkerCAD YouTube Channel is the best outlet for beginners to start learning TinkerCAD through a video tutorial.
  3. Team Budmen is the best outlet for beginners to start learning TinkerCAD through a text-based tutorial.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning TinkerCAD.