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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Day 344 - Personalizable Hinged Initials

Here's one use for yesterday's hinge - some stand-up hinged initials for young C:

Of course, if your initials aren't CGR then this model doesn't help you very much. So here's a design you can customize yourself in Tinkercad:

Tinkercad link: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/7CItNykrXZQ-personalizable-hinged-initials
Thingiverse link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:436888

Technical notes, Tinkercad/educator flavor: If you are supervising students who are personalizing this design in Tinkercad, I highly recommend having your students use the Ruler tool. To do this, select the Ruler from the "Helpers" section of the right-hand menu column in Tinkercad, and put the Ruler down anywhere on the Workplane (preferably somewhere out-of-the-way, maybe in a far corner). When the Ruler is on the Workplane, any object you select will have dimensions that you can modify by typing into the number fields. To personalize this object, first Ungroup it and remove the CGR initials. Put down letters from the right-hand Tinkercad column and resize them to fit in the boxes. Then use Adjust/Align and the arrow keys to get everything lined up just right.