3D Modeling

3D modeling refers to the process of describing objects mathematically in 3D dimensions. 3D Modelers can make a 3D model from an abstract idea or from 2D dimensional directions. For example cubes are made of squares. If you were to draw a cube on paper, that cube would consist of multiple squares adjoined at different edges. 3D Modelers are useful for companies to create a product that can be manufactured in the real world. 3D models can also be 3D printed which is useful in the case that a company needs have a new product prototype quickly.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.


Introducing 3D Modeling with Tinkercad

Length: 30-60 Minutes

Description: 3D Modeling refers to the process of developing objects that are represented in two dimensions as three-dimensional objects. Imagine drawing a cube on a piece of paper. The drawing would be two-dimensional, but viewers would perceive it as a 3D figure. 3D modeling provides an advanced way to create this perception. It uses software to create models of physical objects. There are many different 3D Modeling software available on the market but this tech kit uses TinkerCAD to introduce 3D modeling.


SolidWorks 3D Modeling

Length: 30-60 Minutes

Description: An assembly is when two or more parts are combined into a single CAD file and form a completed part. Often these pieces are built separately so that they can move when put together. With the right design an assembly can be 3D printed in one piece. This tech kit walks the user through modeling a Ferris wheel cart that will be used in the advanced tech kit's assembly.



SolidWorks Assemblies and Simulations

Length: 30-60 Minutes

Description:  After learning how to create an assembly in the previous tech kit, a simulation layer will complete the model. A simulation is an imitation of a process or situation that is carried out in real life or using a computer program. Digital simulations have been getting more realistic in recent years due to advances in computer hardware and software. This tech kit explores simulating how an assembly might react to real-world environmental forces or move as a function of its operation.



Type: Modeling Software

Description: SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows.


Type: Modeling Software

Description: Tinkercad is a free, simple, online 3D design and 3D printing application for everyone. It is used by designers and hobbyists to make models and prototypes