Basic TinkerCAD Controls Cheat Sheet

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5th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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My middle school students find TinkerCad difficult to work with. Even providing them with step by step directions has proven challenging. Thank you for making a resource that sheds some light!
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Are you looking for a free CAD program for your STEM class? TinkerCAD is a great way to introduce your class to CAD & 3D printing. This cheat sheet is a great way to have all the commands & tools TinkerCAD offers in an easy-to-use reference! You can also buy a full length tutorial video HERE, or download a audio presentation HERE.

This cheat sheet will save you time & frustration when your students ask you “How do I do this”? for the hundredth time in the class. This will also help visual learners see the steps needed to do any function in TinkerCAD.

For your STEM class, this reference can be used throughout the school year to reference the controls needed for all their TinkerCAD projects. Print a set and laminate them for your computer class, or print a large poster to hang in the front of the class! You can also print them on card stock for a durable reference next to their computers!

The Basic TinkerCAD Controls Cheat Sheet will also help ELL / ESL students by providing visual cues to the TinkerCAD project.

Version 4 is a an update for all the recent additions and graphic changes in TinkerCAD. While the old form is still valid, this included the Note Tool, updated graphics and Shape Menu additions. It also includes a full 360 degree protractor to help your class with the angle measurements. I've also added a reference for the workplace and cleaned up some graphics.


· This is for science, social studies, STEM, STEAM, homeschool students.

· What ages or grade levels is it designed to be used for? 6th grade and up.

· Basic TinkerCAD Controls Cheat Sheet will help STEM teachers & students learn CAD & 3D printing. TinkerCAD is a great CAD program to learn how to design items for 3D printing, and a great introduction for CAD & 3D modeling.


This cheat sheet is field tested & used by students of all ages! Teachers have laminated this and kept it next to their computers for year-round use!

This includes all the functions of TinkerCAD, including examples, icons & keyboard shortcuts.

This also includes mm ruler on every page to help your students keep an eye on the scale of their design. You can also print a set of squares & rulers for your class.

EXTENSION Activities

A whole semesters bundle of TinkerCAD activities can be downloaded HERE. Download this bundle to explore all the things your students can design for 3D printing.


The attached Easel Assessment can be downloaded to your Google Drive and assigned to your students as a pre / post assessment.

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6 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas 𝘝 = 𝘭 𝘸 𝘩 and 𝘝 = 𝘣 𝘩 to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.


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