Free Alternatives to Tinkercad


Creators of Tinkercad announced earlier this week that they would no longer be developing the popular cloud-based CAD tool. We're fans of Tinkercad here at Make, having written about and praised it on the blog and in our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, so this is sad news. The free... Read more »

The DeltaMaker: Robot Meets 3D Printer

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The DeltaMaker, a recent success on Kickstarter, is an elegant 3D printer built on a delta robot platform. Delta robots have been used for picking and packaging applications in factories for decades, thanks to their impressive speed and agility. The DeltaMaker uses MakerSlide aluminum extrusions paired with Delrin v-wheels on... Read more »

Top 3D Services: Part 2

Makeys GCode

Last week I introduced slicing and CAD software, two key ingredients in a custom 3D Print. This week I'm going to cover the actual use of your machine, how to view and find 3D models, and venture into the still-budding world of DIY 3D scanning. Just like last time, all... Read more »

Top 3D Services: Part 1

SketchUp is a great app for all things rectilinear, like creating a model of your home. Download it here and learn how to design a charger caddy with it here.

Let's be honest, 3D CAD (computer aided design) is challenging to learn. Training your brain to manipulate and visualize parts in three dimensions is a learned skill. So where do you start? Thankfully, there's a multitude of free tools available for everyone to try their hand at 3D design. And... Read more »

Creating Impressive 3D Effects with the Lynx A


What happens when a few of the engineers at Lynx Laboratories decide to enter a statewide hackathan and make a real-time, interactive music visualizer with our device? Well, we pumped up the Daft Punk, invited some friends over, and ended up with a pretty trippy video. Read more »