TinkerCAD Nametags

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TinkerCad Name Tags




Tinkercad, 3D, modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing



Grade Level



4+ Hours Total

Brief Description

This lesson focuses on the basics of TinkerCad by teaching students how to create their own customized name tag that is later 3D printed or laser cut.It must be noted that this activity works best if there is internet readily available since TinkerCad runs on Google Chrome or Firefox. This activity would also work better in a computer lab where all students can work on their projects at once.

Lesson Objectives:

-Introduce students to 3D modeling

-Introduce students to printing software such as laser cutters and 3D printers

-Inspire students with projects done by others

-Introduce students to TinkerCad basics such as: grid settings, moving around, shape generators, text generators, holes, extrusion and sizing.

Materials Needed:


-WIFI or Ethernet connection is a must since Tinker Cad works on Google Chrome or Firefox

-Paper to design name tags before jumping into software.

Preparation and Set Up:

-Gather enough computers, and chargers

-Get mouses if possible. Makes clicking around much easier.

-Have students draw out name tag design on paper

-Distribute computers

-Log into Tinker Cad account (worked best if one account was used to save all student’s designs).

Knowledge Background

3D printing and laser cutting applications in today’s world. Drawing and shape generating. 3D modeling is like art.


1. Design model on paper: including shapes, sizes (3 in X 3 in worked nicely), cartoons, name, and holes (for strap).

2. Prepare a new model on Tinker Cad:

  • Log in
  • Choose “create new design”
  • Set new grid – “edit grid” – set custom 3 in X 3 in if using same standard as above
  • Explore motion settings: moving up, down, tilting, rotating, going back to home view, zooming in and out.

3. Create base: Have students browse through the shape generator to see what shape they want their name tag to be.  Have them make that their base so that all other extrusions, text, and holes are placed onto the base.

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