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  • Happy Holidays from Makers Empire | 2019 Recap

    As the festive season in Australia approaches, we'd like to wish all our teachers, students, supporters and partners a wonderfully relaxing and joyful holiday season. If you've had a busy year like us, you'll be looking forward to some time off to rest, reconnect with family and friends and to recharge your batteries. This year,...

  • What Teachers Are Saying About Makers Empire | Recent Tweets by Teachers

    At Makers Empire, we're grateful to work with 18,000+ passionate and energetic educators and their hundreds of thousands of students. Every day, their classroom experiences inspire us to continue improving the Makers Empire 3D design app, and the Makers Empire Teacher's Dashboard. Here's what some of our teachers have recently been tweeting about Makers Empire....

  • Makers Empire Wins Edutech Asia's Pitch Competition | Asia's Largest Education Event

    Two Makers Empire's team members are currently in Singapore for EduTech Asia, Asia's largest education event. Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning, and Anthony Chhoy, Co-Founder, went to support a presentation by Asst. Professor Matt Bower from Macquarie University about the university's pioneering research project on primary school makerspaces based on the use of Makers Empire...


Thought Leadership

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

3D Printing Lesson Ideas

Wondering how to use 3D printing as an authentic teaching tool? Try these helpful ideas.

  • 7 Great 3D Design & 3D Printing Lesson Ideas for Book Week

    During Book Week, many primary and elementary schools host a range of activities to encourage a love of reading and improvement in literacy levels. Many schools also host a Book Week Day where their students can dress up as a favourite book character. At Makers Empire, we love everything that gets students reading more so...

  • Top Ten 3D Design Lesson Ideas Using Custom Avatar Parts in Makers Empire

    Makers Empire is launching new custom avatar parts in its popular 3D design app, Makers Empire 3D. This update to the popular 3D modelling app is expected to be available from app stores and the Makers Empire site by mid-July, 2019. This new feature means students can create their own unique body parts and outfits,...

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    5 Real-Life Examples of Teachers Using 3D Printing to Teach the ‘E’ (Engineering) in STEM

    Are we teaching all the letters in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) or are some receiving more attention than others? If you look around, math and science are staples of education, while technology is integrated into many areas of student learning. But what about engineering? Engineering, the ‘E’ in STEM, is often overlooked, especially...

  • 5 (fun) ways 3D printing is transforming everyday items

    At Makers Empire, our mission is to transform K-8 learning with 3D printing technology. We know what it takes to successfully integrate this technology into the classroom and we can provide the support to make it a success for your school or school district. But occasionally we just like to remind ourselves just how fun 3D printing can...

  • 10 Inspiring 3D Printing Lesson Ideas Created By Teachers

    At Makers Empire, we’re always thrilled to learn about the new ways teachers are using Makers Empire’s 3D learning program to teach across the curriculum. Here are 10 inspiring real-life examples of teachers using Makers Empire in the classroom. [su_spacer] 1. Design an International Space Station storage container At Maplewood Intermediate, teacher Lisa Hatton gave...

  • Top 10 Literacy Focused 3D Design Lesson Ideas

    The 3D design environment provides an exciting context for students to communicate, respond to texts and express themselves in different ways. Looking for a simple 3D design lesson idea to try with your class? Here are ten of our favourite literacy and language-based lesson ideas. 1. Character Design Before students begin writing a narrative, challenge...


Design Thinking Competitions

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

  • Winner of the Marmaduke Competition | 3D Printed Mascot Off on a Historic Flight

    Each month, Makers Empire runs an in-app 3D design competition for students to test their Design Thinking skills against their peers all over the world. Competitions can attract up to 24,000 entries and they're a great way to engage students in Design Thinking and 3D design. For our August competition, students needed to create a...

  • Winners of the Extreme Weather Design Thinking Competition | 3D Design Challenge

    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 July: Extreme Weather. In this competition, students were challenged to design an umbrella that...

  • Winners of the 'Book Bulb' Design Thinking Competition | 3D Design Competition

    Every month, Makers Empire hosts an in-app 3D design competition giving students around the world the opportunity to test their Design Thinking skills against their peers. Keen to have your students compete in this month's competition? Check out more details here. For September's 'Book Bulb' competition, and to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8th, students...


How To Guides (VIDEO)

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

  • 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...

  • 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. [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#dfdfdf" margin="30"] Makers Empire:...

  • 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.   [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#dfdfdf" margin="30"] Makers Empire:...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tour the Exciting Changes to Makers Empire 3D Modeling Software (VIDEO)

    In this video, Matt from Makers Empire takes you on a guided tour of the latest version of Makers Empire's 3D modeling software. With Makers Empire, K-8 students can start designing, exploring and sharing in minutes – no CAD or computing experience necessary! The latest version of Makers Empire 3D, the world’s easiest to use 3D design...


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...

  • 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...

  • 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...