Jun 22, 2015 | By Alec

While there is a lot of design software out there of all shapes and sizes and for all levels of experience, so many makers in the 3D printing community often turn to Autodesk’s excellent programs. Those users will be very happy to learn that a completely new app-based design tool called Autodesk Tinkerplay, that should make toy and robotic design easier and more fun than ever before.

As we already reported a few months ago, this new Tinkerplay app is based on one of Autodesk’s recent acquisitions, Mondio. Key feature of this new design software is an extensive library of parts that can be used to quickly and easily design unique characters and creations through dragging and dropping actions. As Autodesk’s team characterizes it, it’s a perfect toy design tool: ‘Admit it, when you were a kid you wished that you could design the toys that the manufacturers did not build. Well, you're about to get that chance :),’ they say.

While robotic design is sometimes limited by the capacity of your 3D printer, the parts in this tool should be optimized for 3D printing as fully poseable creations, with rafting or support material not being necessary. ‘Creators, designers and makers from ages five to ninety, have blown us away with their passion for 3D modeling and 3D printing,’ says Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Autodesk Consumer and 3D Printing. ‘With Tinkerplay, we're providing another great tool designed for kids of all ages who want to play, create and tinker.’

Printing itself comes with a number of options to make this as fun as possible. Most significantly, is a 3D Hubs options embedded in the app, to ensure that even 3D printerless users can enjoy Tinkerplay. Alternatively, the app also provides instructions for optimizing the layout of 3D printed parts and provides options for exporting files to a large range of 3D printers. And as the Tinkerplay app can be downloaded for free from the App StoreGoogle Play or the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 users, it is truly a 3D printing option available to everyone.

To coincide with today’s launch of the app, 3DHubs also launched a fun contest to help you get started. ‘Starting Monday Jun 22 [so today!] until Sunday June 28, you get the chance to win a 3D printed version of your ultimate Tinkerplay robot by sharing your design on Facebook or Instagram, tag #3dhubsxrobot. We will choose a winner each day,’ they write. If you’re curious, head over to 3D Hubs’s webpage here.



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