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Tinkercad Heartbreak

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Tinkercad Heartbreak by schlem Mar 27, 2013

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CRAP! This means I have to learn another CAD program (which probably isn't too hard or bad news), but Tinkercad worked really well for me.

The Tinkercad shutdown timeline will be:

Effective immediately we have closed sign-ups for new users

April 30 2013 – All free accounts will be changed to read only

August 31 2013 – All academic accounts will be changed to read only

December 31 2013 – All paid accounts will be changed to read only

June 31 2014 – Read only access for all users will be discontinued

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http://blog.tinkercad.com/2013/03/26/announcing-airstone-and-the-closure-of-tinkercad/

http://www.arcticstartup.com/2013/03/27/tinkercad-to-shut-down-announces-airstone-an-interactive-simulation-environment

http://solidsmack.com/cad-design-news/tinkercad-to-shut-down-but-lives-on-the-advent-of-airstone/

http://fabbaloo.com/blog/2013/3/27/tinkercad-shuts-down.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Fabbaloo+(Fabbaloo)#.UVNLERyG2Hg

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I have tried all of the "alternatives" and I am finding nothing is as good as Tinkercad...

I have played a bit with 3DTin, but I can't make sense of how it scales. I.E. A 10mm object in Tinkercad renders a different dimension when imported into 3DTin, and vice verse. And Autodesk 123D crashes like the Hindenburg whenever and however I tried to run it (at least a dozen times).

I have tried the app and the standalone program. For some reason whenever I try to do anything in either one my display driver crashes.

I guess 3DTin would be the next closest thing to Tinkercad. Anyone ever tried it?

I would happily pay for a downloadable, desktop Tinkercad application. It is what I show CAD/3D Printing noobs to get them started.

"Crap" is right... I was impressed with Tinkercad's simplicity and intuitiveness. Anyone could could design a 3D thing with Tinkercad.

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