Products and Design

Tutorial Tuesday 21: 3D Design Made Simple With Morphi and an iPad

How early can kids learn to create 3D printable designs? As soon as they can use an iPad, if they’re using Morphi, a friendly and powerful 3D design app.

Morphi removes all the fiddly barriers to designing in a classroom: How does a student get a picture and send it to the computer? How do you convert an online image to an SVG format for importing to Tinkercad? What if the internet connection goes down? Not a problem any more. Hand a second grader an iPad with the Morphi and they’ll be designing their own 3D printable models literally in minutes.

And if you’re a parent looking to get your children involved with 3D design, Morphi is one of the easiest ways to get them started.

Morphi for the Classroom

One of the best features of Morphi is its very simple and intuitive interface for turning 2D sketches into 3D models. In the iPad version (there are also desktop versions for Mac and Windows), you simply draw 2D images with your finger and then extrude and place by dragging on the screen. Here’s a simple sled design with rails drawn by hand, then extruded into the design.

For straightforward educational use, this is amazing, since you can navigate, zoom, rotate, scale, align, add color, join or subtract shapes, and do pretty much everything else you’d want to do, right on the iPad touchscreen. It’s also easy to take photographs with the iPad and import them into Morphi.

Morphi makes 3D design feel breezy, like this simple extruded light-up LED star:

Getting Started with Morphi

To get a quick idea of how Morphi works in practice, check out this playlist of short Morphi tutorial examples:

For a more in-depth overview of Morphi for Mac and Windows, including how to navigate, how to interact with the Morphi interface, and how to use the basic design tools, check out this Morphi for Mac + Windows playlist:

Animation, AR, and Edibles

Students can use Morphi to make stop-motion animations of their creations. For example, see this Star Wars inspired droid animation:

With the iPad version, you can even use the camera to incorporate your 3D models as augmented reality elements using Morphi’s AR tool:

And of course, students can print out their 3D designs to enjoy and use.

With food-grade silicone, you can use Morphi to make edible chocolates.

A forthcoming Morphi update will extend its 2D-to-3D tools to read more complex lines as well as adding direct upload to Google Drive and other services.

Check out the Morphi gallery for more examples of videos, prints, and designs to see how other educators and students are using Morphi, or schedule a professional development training workshop.

Have you or your students used Morphi? Tell us about it in the comments and share your designs!

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