TinkerCad Tutorial - HOW to Turn a PNG/JPEG Image into a 3D Design, Step-By-Step!

TinkerCad Tutorial - HOW to Turn a PNG/JPEG Image into a 3D Design, Step-By-Step!

13.Jul.2021

hi everybody this is john with envision
robotics thanks for tuning in
i've got a project today we're going to
create a snowflake
and so the process that we're going to
go through
at a high level is we're going to go and
search for
a snowflake on the internet and we're
going to file to give you some pointers
around the type of snowflake we want to
find
we're then going to take that file
either a png or a jpeg file
and we're going to convert that into an
svg so that it can be imported into
tinkercad
and then we'll design the rest of our
snowflake we're going to divide
our video into a couple of segments
because i know some of you already know
how to
go and find a file and convert a file
into an svg
so it'll be our first segment our second
segment will then
once we've found that svg and we have it
available
we're going to import that into our
tinkercad
and then we'll design our snowflake
around that
and then the third piece will be
exporting our
design and then slicing that so we're
gonna have three segments
so i'm gonna stop there for the moment
and i'll pick up the first segment in a
second
okay everybody i am back i just flipped
over to a web browser you can use
you can use google chrome you can use
microsoft products it doesn't really
matter
so once you go here here's what i'm
going to suggest since we're doing a
snowflake
a snowflake and
i like png transparent
black and white
and so we're looking for an image here
and you can do the same
i'm going to go to images
lots of good uh good examples here and
we're trying to find one
that obviously we got to be interested
in the design
first try to find one with a white
background
something like this wouldn't show up
very well try to avoid where there's two
images
let's see what else we have here
lots of good designs and we're also
trying to find examples where
everything is connected so as an example
this would be
a good one this also would be a good one
so once you've found the snowflake that
you want you're going to right click it
and we're going to save the image and
we'll see if it's a jpeg or png it
probably is a png
you'll be asked where to save it so i'm
going to go into a folder here
and i'm going to put it into snowflake
ornament
and this one here is a png so i'm just
going to call it snowflake
um 12 just so i remember
it's going to save that file
the next thing that i want to do is i
want to then take that because i was a
png
and you know we could have also found a
jpeg i'm going to open up
another tab for a moment and i'm going
to look for
convert file to
svg now there's a site that i i tend to
go to
and use a lot for file conversion and
this is image.online.convert.com
i've already got it loaded here as a
chrome extension
we'll explain a little bit so what
happens here is that there's lots of
different options to be able to convert
your file
i chose convert image to svg because
that's the format that we need
for our tinkercad i'm going to choose my
file
i was converting some things earlier for
a class
so i'm going to go here snowflake
ornament
and i should see my new image this is
the one that
we selected i'm going to then
upload that into and this is an online
tool
once that's uploaded i can start the
conversion
and it is going to go through the
process of converting that file which
was a
png file higher quality image file
into an svg file again that tinkercad
will
allow us to import once i've done that i
can click
download and i'm still calling it
snowflake 12 here
and checking to make sure it's an svg
format
and i am done so that's the first
segment going and finding a file
and then what we do is we save it as
a jpeg or save it as a png and then we
use a
online file conversion to convert that
file to an svg
which will be in a format that tinkercad
can use now we chose a snowflake but
there's no other reason
um you could search for anything if you
like animals if you like
um uh you know video game characters
you know whether it's fortnite or
pokemon there's lots of things you can
convert basically anything
into an svg and be imported into
tinkercad
so we'll move on to the second segment
okay everybody i am back and we're in
segment two and
the segment is going to be about
importing our svg file
that we just found on the internet and
converted into
took an image and converted it into an
svg and then we're going to design the
rest of our snowflake
okay so i am going to now
import my file and it's going to ask me
to choose a file
and as you can see here tinkercad
supports stl
object files and svg and svg is the one
that we just converted i'm going to go
and select my svg make sure it's the
right one
i open it and it's going to ask me to
and i can tell
the images here and it's going to ask me
a little bit about
the scale and the dimensions sometimes
when we're importing a file
it'll be really really really large even
320 is quite large
i'm going to just keep it around 100
millimeters so
change that here i would suggest you do
it here if it's a really large uh
image as opposed to importing it and
then trying to resize it in tinkercad
save you a bit of time and effort so now
it's just importing
i've now got this on my screen that's a
nice design i'm happy with that
you can see it took that two-dimensional
image
and rendered it as an svg file and it's
much thicker
i like working this is one of my design
tips i like working in a light color
so it could be a white or could be a tan
i find a little bit easier when i'm
trying to just read the numbers
this is going to be i'm going to make it
about three millimeters high
and we're making a snowflake so we don't
really need it to be
you know eight ten centimeters we just
need it to be about three
sorry millimeters we just need it to be
about three millimeters
so next thing i want to get a sense of
size here so this here is 97.5
and 84.63
so that's a reasonable size i might make
it a little bit smaller just so
um we can see everything on my screen a
little bit easier for you
okay i've got that next thing i want to
do is i want to do
a ring so there's a number of ways we
can do
a ring we can actually go and take a
cylinder
that's a solid cylinder that's a hole
and then create a our own cylinder out
of that
but for expediency because you can you
can learn some of that on your own
i'm going to go grab a ring and i'm
going to take that ring
and i'm going to drag it onto the screen
here
and i'm going to size it now i'm going
to play around with this for a little
bit
i am going to also reduce the size
i'm going to turn that into green so i
can see where the connections are
i know that the height of my snowflake
is three so i'm going to reduce that
down and probably need to size
my outer ring a little bit more
i'm going to then use my align tools
and i'm going to line it on
the x and the y there okay
so i've aligned and it actually looks
pretty good if i zoom in pretty close
here
you'll see that i got just a little bit
of connection but not too much of a
connection right here
with the tip of my snowflake so i'm
happy with that
i'm just going to now move it out so
everybody can see it
okay so i can do a couple things here i
can
group them and
i can also go in and add a ring
another ring here so as i mentioned what
you could do is you
could create your own um
clip ring or you can
just use an existing shape i tend to
like to make things
from scratch but today because i'm sure
that you can go and figure out that
yourself or watch one of our other
tutorials um i'm just using
a ring for simplicity so i'm going to
size this here
to probably about 10
10. i don't want to make it too big
because i just have a little metal ring
that will actually be
used to connect onto
our ornament here and let me see
i'm going to make sure that the size of
that
is three as well
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so here it's just under three
okay i'm going to back out a little bit
so everybody can see
now i'm just going to align everything
and i always take a look to see okay
that looks pretty good
yup that'll turn out nice okay once i'm
happy with that
i'm going to group and basically i'm
done
so i've taken an image that i found off
the internet
it was a png but it also could have been
a jpeg
i then converted that into an svg file
which can be used within tinkercad
and then i designed a little frame
around our snowflake
and that's it so that's the end of our
second
segment the next segment will be
exporting and then slicing so
thank you and i'll be right back thank
you for returning this to segment three
where we're going to export our design
load it up into our slicer and get it
ready for 3d printing
so if you've done this before you know
how to export a file
and and that so you don't you don't need
to watch the rest here but if you
are new and have not done this a lot and
you want to follow along of course
i would suggest you watch the video so
because i only want to export this
particular file i click on the file
and i go over here to my export command
it's going to ask me export everything
or export just the selected shape
of course i only want to select and
export this file so that's already
clicked on here
i'm exporting as an stl which is going
to be used by my slicer
i'm going to be prompted here to save it
so i'm just going to save it in the same
folder as i've been saving my other
files
but you may choose to export to a usb
and then upload from the usb into your
slicers whatever your preference is
when i'm ready i click save that file
is now exported so i'm going to flip
over to my slicer
we uh so this is my slicer we're using
flashforge
products at our uh envision robotics
studio our robotic studio you you're
probably using a different
uh printer in a different slicer i'm
sure that you're versed in how to use
that
i'm going to now click on load which is
going to allow me to load
my file i'm looking for my snowflake
product project
as an stl i click on that it's now going
to ask me okay do i want to put it on
the platform
yeah i've got that here i've got that on
my platform
and i'm just going to click on it to
make sure that it is
centered
centered i am all set there looks good i
always kind of
check underneath to see that i've got a
solid blue
uh underneath and that's an indication
that it's nice and flat on the platform
you can see that there's also a little
bit of a line
around the ring that's enough to hold
everything on there so
i think i'm good to go so when i'm
comfortable that it's nice and flat on
my platform
i'm going to click on print and i'm just
going to check my settings i don't need
supports or wraps or anything like that
i'm going to keep it at standard for now
when i'm ready i click ok
sometimes we'll save to usb today i'm
just actually going to save it to my
drive
and transfer it later to usb
whatever your choice is and now it is
slicing the model
preparing it for printing
it's turning that stl file into a gx
file that the printer will read
and i always like to take a look at okay
you know how long is the print it's
going to take about 60 minutes
a little over 3.19 meters
and what are we looking at for weight
estimation
i'm going to be printing this off in pla
so
about 10 grams i'm gonna round it up a
little bit and that's not bad
if we think about probably an average
cost of three to four cents
you know that that ornament ornament's
not going to cost me like 30 40 cents
right
to print this off which isn't very much
at all and
i am essentially done there's only 16
layers and some of you already know this
already and
if your slicer allows it you can kind of
just use
the slider here to get a sense of how
how it's going to print and that process
now this isn't too bad it's a fairly
flat object but if you're printing
something a bit more complex with a lot
of internal structure that's always kind
of neat to
take a look there so we've put a number
of our
um our snowflake designs on
um on thingiverse so i would recommend
if you have a moment go over to
thingiverse
do a search for envisioned robotics do a
search for kind of snowflakes we've got
a lot of them on there
and and there's a lot of them being
downloaded which is exciting
we've also put some other flexi models
that we've been working on
and we'll be doing some tutorials on
soon so take a look at those as well
so thanks very much and hopefully you've
enjoyed our tutorial

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