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News from Makers Empire

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  • Mandi Dimitradis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire, Wins 2019 Winnovation Award

    We’re thrilled to announce that Mandi Dimitriadis, (above) our wonderful Director of Learning, was declared the winner of the 2019 Winnovation Award in the 'Open' category at a Gala Dinner in Adelaide on October 3rd, 2019. Congratulations, Mandi!! The Winnovation Awards showcase and celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. Mandi was...

  • Makers Empire awarded LeanLab Fellowship for research pilot in Kansas schools

    Makers Empire is proud to announce that we've received a LeanLab fellowship for a research pilot of our 3D learning program so we can develop a better, scientific understanding of how our 3D learning program might best serve American schools. LeanLab is an organisation that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools. It...

  • Design Curriculum by Makers Empire | International Design Curriculum for Grades K-6

    We've recently been monitoring the way Design and Technology curricula have been changing around the world. Now we've created the Makers Empire Design Curriculum for our global community of educators. The Makers Empire Design Curriculum describes the development of skills, knowledge and understandings across K-6 so you know what your students are learning, how they...


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

  • Winners of the Family Treasures 3D Design Competition | Design Thinking Challenge

    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 May's 'Family Treasures' competition, students were challenged to design a model of an object...

  • Winner of Makers Empire's You're Welcome 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. For June's 'You're Welcome' competition, students were challenged to imagine that a refugee family had recently moved into their neighbourhood. Students were asked to design a gift for the family using...

  • Marmaduke Competition | Winning 3D Printed Mascot Will Go On An Epic Flight

    One of the world’s greatest aviation feats – the 1919 flight from England to Australia by SA brothers Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith – is being celebrated this year to inspire a new generation. The Smith brothers, with their mechanics Wally Shiers (SA) and James Bennett (Vic), made the pioneering 28-day journey in a...


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...