Tinkerplay app allows children to create custom characters optimised for 3D printing.
Autodesk has launched a new app designed to introduce children to 3D design and 3D printing.
Tinkerplay is a free app based on the popular Modio app acquired by Autodesk, which allows users to design and customise digital characters which can then be 3D printed in parts that are snapped together for dynamic play.
“Creators, designers and makers from ages five to ninety, have blown us away with their passion for 3D modelling and 3D printing,” said 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.”
Tinkerplay lets users quickly get started with a simple drag and drop function for interchangeable parts to make custom creations. Optimised for 3D printing, the fully poseable characters are designed to not require rafting or support material. The print function within the app shows the layout of parts for 3D printing and provides an easy way to export print files to a variety of 3D printers.
The launch comes with an extended library of new parts, features and functionality to allow children to unleash their creativity and interact with 3D printing through a fun and easy to use interface.
Autodesk has launched Tinkerplay simultaneously on various mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and Windows phones to better provide users with access on their device of choice. The Tinkerplay app can be downloaded for free from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 users.