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Creating 3D designs in Tinkercad

Design a snowman

A video tutorial showing how I created a snowman designed for 3D printing on a home 3D printer. It's been created to approximate G-Scale (1:22.5) for outdoor model railways. It's also hollow so that you can insert an LED inside and have it light-up (assuming it's printed with a light coloured PLA) so it can be used as a light-up Christmas decoration.

G-Scale Snowman made in TinkerCAD for 3D printing

The photo below show the 3D snowman printed on a Wanahao i3 Duplicator Plus using white PLA.

To make it easier to hollow out there is a central cylinder which can be removed. The snowman arms are very delicate at this scale. If the size isn't important then you may prefer to scale the model up a little which can be done within your Slicer software (eg. Ultimaker Cura).

GScale Snowman made 3D printed for garden model railway

Download 3D model files (STL)

Video - Beginners Guide to TinkerCAD

Follow this video on how to recreate the snowman in TinkerCAD

I have also made this into a Christmas scene with a Raspberry Pi controlling NeoPixel LED in the snowman and a string of LED Christmas lights.

Snowman with NeoPixel LED Christmas Scene

Learning more

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