Heart Box Tinkercad Tutorial

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Heart Box Tinkercad Tutorial by MakerBotLearning Feb 11, 2016
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Just in time for Valentine's Day! Follow along with this quick tutorial to create your own custom heart shaped box in Tinkercad!

Watch the video for a overview of the design process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh7wlbxoU_o.

To design your own heart box, follow the steps below. Happy printing!

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MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation)









How I Designed This


Watch the video for a overview of the design process. To follow along, follow the steps below. Happy printing!

Step 1

Drag a Heart shape (found in the Symbols menu) onto the workplane. This will be the base of your heart box. We’ll call this the Base Heart.

Step 2

Resize the Base Heart to your desired box size (we kept it pretty small, roughly 50 mm x 50 mm x 8 mm)

Step 3

Use Edit -> Duplicate (or CTRL + D on your keyboard) to make a copy of your Base Heart.

Step 4

Resize the duplicate box, this is what we will use to hollow out the box, we will call this shape the Heart Cutout.

Tip: Hold SHIFT + AlLT on your keyboard when resizing to scale uniformly about  the center of the object.

Step 5

Select the Heart Cutout and change it to a Hole.

Step 6

Create another duplicate of your Base Heart. This will serve as the Box Lid.

Step 7

Drag the Box Lid upward and flatten it to roughly 5 mm.

Step 8

Create a duplicate of the Heart Cutout and drag it upward. This part will be the Lid Bottom, the underside of the lid to keep it in place. Select a Color to turn it back into a solid part.

Step 9

Resize the Lid Bottom (using SHIFT + ALT) so that it will fit within the Heart Cutout when printed. Flatten it to roughly 3 mm.

Step 10

Drag the Lid Bottom upward so that it touches the Box Lid.

Step 11

Group the Box Lid and Lid Bottom.

Tip: hold SHIFT to select multiple objects for grouping

Step 12

Group the Base Heart and Heart Cutout.

Step 13

OPTIONAL: Drag out letters or other shapes onto the top of the lid to create a design. We used letters and turned them into Holes for easier printing.

Step 14

Select the Lid part and navigate to Design -> Download for 3D Printing. Make sure to check the box labeled Download the Selected Shapes. Repeat for the Base

Step 15

Import both STL files into MakerBot Desktop and lay them out for printing (we printed ours with the Lid facing downward and the Box facing upward). We selected Standard Settings and printed this on our MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation).

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