Using 3D Tools
We will see how we can use our workplane , Measuring options, Group and Ungroup feature, How hole shape is used, Aling shapes, Flip tools and Give colours to our designs,
Using the workplane
You would be surprised to know that the workplane we work can be temporarily moved. We can see in below images that blue workplane is our default plane and the orange workplane is the temporary plane. We have used this as we need some design on the angle shape, we have temporarily shifted our workplane to the angle to ease our design.
It is a better option than lifting an object with the help of cone, as we don’t need to measure, we just need to place the workplane. How to use this feature? Drag the workplane from the right-side top corner and place it when you want to work.
Measuring with the Ruler
We know as normal ruler is used for giving dimensions only, but here in tinkercad a ruler is used for extra work other than giving dimensions; such as we can identify the distance of origin. In below image, the green colour measurement indicates its distance from the origin in both X-axis and Y-axis.
Other three dimensions (20mm) are in X-axis, Y-axis, Z-axis, which can be changed by click on dimensions. The green mark dimension indicates the lift of the design from the workplane, currently, the 3D shape is resting on the workplane. .
Grouping and Ungrouping
As we move onto the complex design, we will be combing more and more shapes together. So, this combining of shapes called grouping. Let’s take an example, as shown below three different shapes has been combined together in two of the design. It can be done with a feature called group. But notice there are design one has been a group and another is not. So, the design has the same colour is been grouped and the design having different colour is ungrouped.
The ungrouping is done by feature next to a group called as ungroup. The design in different colour indicates that shapes are not combined together.
Using Hole Shapes