The technology integration between Tinkercad and zSpace is, according to Tech and Learning, “a big step forward in making 3D design more accessible and social.” Using zSpace, students will be able to view their Tinkercad models as if they were already printed: lifting, turning, and flipping the design with ease. Students can even record a video or combine their models with zSpace Studio’s vast 3D model library of STEAM content.
In order to use this new technology, students must first create a model using Tinkercad. During this process, users should be aware that zSpace will render a colored and hollow image. This means users should be mostly focused on external geometry.
After creating this model, one should select the part meant to be exported. When an image is selected in Tinkercad, it will become blue or purple. Selecting “Design” then “Download for 3D printing” and finally “.obj” will automatically begin the download process. Once the download is complete, a zip file with the same name as the Tinkercad file will appear in one’s downloads folder.
The end product will appear to be this same model with any color and surface details added in Tinkercad. This model is disectable and hollow, allowing users to move pieces as a group when they are the same color. With studio view, users may lift, turn and move their model while viewing the dimensions available during the design process.
This technology integration will allow users to examine their projects more closely before the building process, encourage spatial reasoning and save unnecessary printing costs.