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    Learning at Home | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Resources for Teachers and Parents

    To the worldwide Makers Empire community, At Makers Empire, we've been shocked and concerned as we've witnessed the distressing effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Makers Empire is used by 1+ million users in 40+ countries who create 90,000 new 3D designs every day. Many of these countries are already experiencing or planning for school closures....

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  • Share the Love | New Referral Program

    At Makers Empire, we're privileged to work with 20,000+ teachers and 1+ million students in 40 countries. We love sharing your stories and videos, and we are thankful for all your feedback -- positive and negative -- which helps us build a better classroom product for you. We've always been grateful to educators and administrators...

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  • Latest version of Makers Empire features New Precision Controls and Notification Centre

    At Makers Empire, we spend hours each week testing our 3D products in classrooms with teachers and students, reviewing feature requests and issues, and figuring out the best way to deliver products that genuinely excite and engage students and make teachers' classroom lives easier. Unlike many other 3D modelling software products around, Makers Empire 3D...

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Thought Leadership

Posts by Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire. Be at the forefront of Design Thinking in schools.

Design Thinking Competitions

Challenge your students with our monthly in-app Design Thinking competitions

  • Winners of the 2020 Vision Design Thinking Competition

    Every month, Makers Empire runs an in-app competition so that students can test their Design Thinking and 3D design skills against their peers from all over the world. We are glad to announce the winners of Makers Empire's Design Thinking competition from December and January: 2020 Vision. This was the 2020 Vision design brief for students:...

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  • Space to Dream Challenge: Commissioner's Digital Challenge for SA Students

    Makers Empire is happy to be supporting the new Commissioner's Digital Challenge for South Australian (SA) students. Last year 217 schools, 31 libraries and an estimated 19,026 children joined the Learn to Speak Robot Challenge. In the Commissioner's newest challenge, Space to Dream, students need to design a toy or gadget for someone their age...

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  • Winners of the Flushed Away Design Thinking Competition

    Every month, Makers Empire runs an in-app competition so that students can test their Design Thinking and 3D design skills against their peers from all over the world. We are glad to announce the winners of Makers Empire's Design Thinking competition from November: Flushed Away. November 19th was World Toilet Day so we challenged students...

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How To Guides (VIDEO)

Watch step-by-step videos to learn how easy it is to design in 3D

  • Set Your Own Design Missions in Makers Empire | Mission Control - Ready to launch!

    A short while ago we updated Teacher Missions to make it super easy for teachers to create 'Design Missions' for their students to complete in Makers Empire 3D. If you've never tried Design Missions before, you'll love the ability to set design missions or projects, assignments and work for students to complete in the Makers...

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  • New Make Your Own Avatar Parts | Fully Customise Your Makers Empire Avatar

    850,000+ students currently use Makers Empire to design in 3D, learn about Design Thinking and STEM and develop 21st-century learning skills. One of the things students love about Makers Empire is the ability to customise their own avatar to represent them in the Makers Empire world. We've had countless requests from students for more avatar...

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  • How to Design a Harry Potter book cover using Makers Empire 3D (VIDEO)

    In this video one of our young student users explains how to design a Harry Potter book cover using Makers Empire 3D modeling software. This is a great, easy to follow video to inspire younger students in the classroom who are new to 3D design and 3D printing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50YM8bOgV4 [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#dfdfdf" margin="30"] Makers Empire:...

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  • How to Design a Charizard [Pokemon] using Makers Empire 3D (VIDEO)

    In this video one of our young student users explains how to design a Charizard from Pokemon using Makers Empire 3D modeling software. This is a great, easy to follow video to inspire younger students in the classroom who are new to 3D design and 3D printing. https://youtu.be/NFd1KcxSzdw   [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#dfdfdf" margin="30"] Makers Empire:...

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  • Make Your Own Design Missions in Makers Empire 3D Modeling Software

    We've come up with some cool new features for version 4.2 of Makers Empire 3D. Teachers and students can now make their own design missions for their students and friends to play and rate. To reach the Mission Maker, visit the 3D World and head into outer space. Can you figure out how to get...

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  • How To Use Makers Empire and Polar Cloud For Easier 3D Printing In Your Classroom

    Have a Polar Enabled 3D printer? Printing your designs has become even easier with Polar Enabled 3D printers. If you are a part of the GE Additive Education Program then you definitely have a Polar Enabled 3D printer and you can take advantage of the integration between Makers Empire and Polar Cloud, giving you a...

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3D Printing Tips and Guides

Expert tips and advice to ensure your 3D printing experience is a success

  • Review of the Dremel 3D45 3D Printer for Elementary, Primary and Middle Schools

    Introduction to the Dremel 3D45 For the past month or so we’ve been testing the new Dremel 3D45 3D printer. Dremel is a well-established brand in the USA for makers of all kinds and is renowned for its excellent customer support. In Australia, however, Dremel is currently more known for its rotary tools. Back in...

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  • Best Tips for Successful Printing with a FlashForge Inventor IIS 3D Printer

    At Makers Empire, we regularly test 3D printers for their suitability to elementary, primary and middle school environments. We only suggest (and sell) 3D printers that we genuinely think are the best options for teachers. You can see which printers we recommend at our Best 3D Printers for Schools (America) and Best 3D Printers for...

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  • An Impressive New 3D Printer: Sindoh 3D Wox 1 Printer Review

    At Makers Empire, we regularly test potential new 3D printers that could be suitable for elementary, primary and middle schools so we can recommend the best to our global community of educators. So we’ve spent the past two months testing a brand new 3D printer, the Sindoh 3D Wox 1. Sindoh is a little-known company based out...

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