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November 8, 2012 AT 3:00 pm

Kai Backman of TinkerCAD on EvD #3dthursday

Check out this Engineer v Designer (EvD) episode featuring a founder of TinkerCad. I had the pleasure of corresponding with him frequently in my previous community management gig and always found what he is doing with TinkerCad extremely interesting.

You might have first heard of TinkerCad as easily approachable web-based CAD software, which is true, but that simplicity is the result of years of planning, honing, and learning from users — there is a lot of power humming under the hood there, so it is a great tool to add to your tool belt.

From the show announcement at EvD:

This week we’ll be speaking with Kai Backman, former Google Engineer and founder of TinkerCad, the web-based 3D modeling tool that’s enabling everybody from 8 to 80 to easily produce their own 3D printed designs!

We’ll be discussing:

  • 3D Printed Donuts!
  • How Kai’s experience at Google helped shape his next adventure in web development!
  • Why TinkerCad is more powerful than you think!

To test out TinkerCad for yourself, be sure to check out TinkerCad.com!


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