Tinkercad has released a major update to get users designing and printing their 3D objects right away. The new release makes it painless to get to the CAD design tools, and leads users right into the design “quests” that teach the basics of creating objects in Tinkercad. For those without a consumer 3D printer at home, the release includes an integration with the 3D printing service offered by Ponoko, joining the the previously integrated services from Shapeways and i.Materialise. Tinkercad also supports leading consumer 3D printers like the MakerBot.
Tinkercad has made it its mission to make 3D printing available to a wide audience by providing an accessible way to create CAD drawings. On this, Kai Backman the CEO and co-founder of Tinkercad says:
“A key part of learning is having great tools at your disposal. Tinkercad has previously won several awards for its user interface but we wanted to raise the bar further. Based on user testing and intensive research we are confident that the new interface makes it possible for even more people to enjoy learning about design and 3D printing”
In November, Tinkercad received $1 million in funding from True Ventures and angels Eghosa Omoigui, Taher Haveliwala, Jaiku founder Jyri Engestrom, and Joshua Schachter. The company is also part of Lifeline Ventures, a Vigo accelerator.