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TinkerCAD 3D design workshop for kids and HOLOFIL display

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

We are living in interesting times where the pace at which technological innovations are happening is mind blowing. Robotics, AI, Virtual and mixed reality, generative AI. For a long time Robotics was considered a great way to get young kids inspired to learn about technology and science. Many kids focused workshops exist to teach kids about simple robotics introductions. However, Robotics is not only the area where cool action is taking place. 3D design learning is another strong area where lots of opportunities are being created and explored. A strong need of the hour for the technology motivated parents is to encourage their young kids is to introduce their kids to learn about 3D designs.

Why 3D design? Many parents introduce their kids to Legos. 3D design can be considered similar to legos but in the digital space to get kids introduced to basic concepts of 3D learning to form basic 3d models, basic 3d animations, then slowly get into programming and more complex software and related concepts. There is tons of new development taking place in the 3D media at the moment including use of Artificial intelligence to create 3D media.

Getting introduced to the 3D design ecosystem is made easier with cloud based software such as TinkerCAD from companies like Autodesk, which are pioneers in industrial 3D design software solutions.. TinkerCAD is a simple web browser based software where the basics of 3D modeling are available to work with for kids so they get familiar with basic drag and drop of pre-created blocks. It uses a library of pre-created basic building blocks to help kids understand how to build basic 3D models.

This is a simple tutorial showcasing how simple interface of TinkerCAD looks like.

However, just getting introduced to 3D software is not that useful unless you are training kids to think practically where these models get used so they keep all practical constraints in mind while designing, exporting them.

A common end goal for many 3D design teaching workshops is 3D printing to see the digital designs come to life. However, 3D printing is time consuming and also expensive given there are materials costs, and long queue to wait for each model to get printed. 3D printing hence is best reserved for some special models.

That's where HOLOFIL-cardboard our simple consumer display product HOLOFIL-cardboard comes into picture. HOLOFIL-cardboard is designed with the aim to let the kids design their 3D assets so that they can be visualized in HOLOFIL-cardboard to understand how to design 3D assets for practical usage. When you are teaching a kid how to build their assets so they can be used in a real world platform like what HOLOFIL offers, you are letting them learn how to think with practicalities in mind, such as what scale looks good, what color looks good, how the animation style looks, how the model performs in real world etc. We provide a Bluetooth controlled software that allows the 3D models to be loaded in the display to be interacted with to move, rotate, scale etc.

HOLOFIL-cardboard has many games that are designed to let kids have fun. So the kids can be motivated to learn more complex design and later enter programming, like game programming. We have already released some sample code reference to teach kids how to build simple games for Android. So the aim finally is to get kids excited to learn more about 3D design ecosystem and start working actively towards it with HOLOFIL-cardboard being the catalyst to drive the inspiration.

Check HOLOFIL-cardboard on our website and also see the HOLOFIL Software section to learn various apps, games and other support aimed to help kids learn and be inspired about 3D design. So let your kids get a feel of it and get inspired on their journey for the 3D design ecosystem learning with HOLOFIL.

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