Makers Empire 3D Printing Learning Program for K-8 Schools

3D Printing Learning Program

Makers Empire 3D: Schools is a complete 3D printing learning program for K-8 Schools. It contains everything you need to successfully integrate 3D design and printing into your school. Harness the power of 3D printing to teach your students STEM concepts, 21st century learning skills and design thinking in a fun and engaging way. 

Makers Empire 3D: Schools is used by over 2,000 teachers and 110,000+ students in Australia, America and Asia.

A new 3D design is created with Makers Empire 3D every 30 seconds. That’s almost 3,000 new designs each day. 

Makers Empire 3D: Schools  

  1. World’s easiest to use 3D software, Makers Empire 3D
  2. Teachers’ dashboard for easy management of students’ work
  3. 100+ hours of curriculum aligned lesson plans with new lesson plans added every week
  4. Professional development for teachers
  5. Weekly data analytics to track your students’ progress and engagement


Get inspired by our case studies 

  • How Grade 6 students at St Stephens School are solving real-world problems with 3D printing
  • Students were asked to solve a real-world problem. Their teacher’s toddler has cerebral palsy and has to wear leg straps but they kept falling down. So the students used Makers Empire to design and 3D print a clip to secure her straps.

  • How Grade 5 students at The Scots College are solving problems arising from natural disaster with 3D printing
  • Grade 5 students at The Scots College carried out a series of investigations and experiments on natural disasters, exploring the common problems they caused. They then designed and 3D printed solutions to their chosen problem.

  • How Makers Empire is transforming learning and providing opportunities to bond at St Michaels School
  • Using Makers Empire at St Michaels has resulted in accelerated learning for students, new talents being discovered amongst the student body, new friendships and new opportunities to bond between families.

  • How students at Fulham North Primary School use the buddy system to enhance learning in 3D printing classes
  • Fulham North Primary School is using the buddy system between senior and junior classes to enhance their students’ experience with 3D printing. This has led to improved learning outcomes and student engagement.

  • How students at Maplewood Intermediate School used 3D printing to study the International Space Station
  • Students at Maplewood Intermediate School were asked to create a storage container for the International Space Station. The catch? They were only able to use the following: Makers Empire 3D, durable plastic and Velcro.

Read more case studies of Makers Empire in the classroom

What teachers think of Makers Empire

  • Professor Stan Silverman, Director of NYIT Technology Based Learning Systems. USA.
  • “"My department was searching for applications and curriculum that would align to the common core standards. We found reference to [Makers Empire] on the web and reached out to see if what they were doing would meet our needs. We were impressed that they were addressing the use of 3D printing not simply as an endpoint but as a true curriculum enabling tool. We simply had not found anyone else doing the work required to create quality educational activities. The team that they have assembled has the right mix of technologists and educators to create both a platform and a curriculum that will enhance innovation, creativity and technology in our schools.”

  • Elaine Whelen, Head of School, ISA International School. Guangzhou, CHINA.
  • “Our students study key concepts and discover knowledge of the world around them through an enquiry-driven approach to learning. Design and 3D printing with Makers Empire will help support our students develop important skills such as design thinking, problem solving and critical analysis.”

  • Stephen Corcoran, Director of Digital Learning, St Stephen’s School. WA, AUSTRALIA.
  • “The Makers Empire 3D printing iPad app exceeded our expectations. The design and creative elements of this software have been carefully designed to engage children while opening up numerous educational opportunities and learning experiences. We loved the Teachers’ (Dashboard) with its support, ideas and integration of the Australian Curriculum. A great way to expose our students to this rapidly emerging technology that will have a significant impact on all their lives and our own.”

  • Albert Wong, Computer Subject Panel Head, Lee Kau Yan Memorial School. HONG KONG.
  • “In the future 3D printing will be as simple as 2D printing right now, but its effect on industry will be much greater. Through designing 3D models and printing them out, students will understand the importance of maintaining a balance between practicability and creativity. Makers Empire is a great app for students to experience 3D design and printing, and will lead to a brighter future for the students.”

  • Dr Andrew A Taylor, Director of Technology, Byram Hills Central School. New York, USA.
  • “The lesson plans provide authentic learning experiences that help our teachers integrate 3D printing and encourages our students to print with a purpose. We appreciated that the Makers Empire trainers were dedicated educators, with former classroom teaching experience. They helped our teachers understand how to use the printers and program but most importantly how to thoughtfully integrate the application in the classroom.”

Read more testimonials by teachers using Makers Empire in the classroom

Watch Makers Empire 3D: Schools in action


Reviews of Makers Empire 3D: Schools

  • Jennifer Auten, 2nd Grade Teacher & Education Blogger. USA.
  • "I use Makers Empire to enhance students' ability to demonstrate understanding across a wide range of topics. As we work through different curriculum, including geometric shapes, things we're scared of, plants and insects, and engineering design challenges, students create 3D models related to the content. Students work both independently to create a product and in groups of 2 or 3. The app is very easy for students to use even at the 2nd grade level. It allows each student to personalize their product and be creative and work at different levels of complexity. We use the app to create 3D products that are printed as well as those that are not, but still viewed in 3D on the iPads."

  • Joseph Flynt, Contributor, 3D Insider. USA.
  • “The people behind Maker’s Empire understand the importance of 3D printing and are determined to bring the technology to K-8 schools... Maker’s Empire has created a custom software platform for students. The software is especially configured to be easily understood by young children and to hold their attention... Maker’s Empire is leading the way. Their app is a game changer because it makes 3D modeling accessible to even the youngest of kids. Additionally, their lesson plans guarantee that students are learning useful concepts every class. Maker’s Empire is fun for both students and teachers. As advocates for 3D printing we couldn’t believe more in their mission."

  • Mike Grauer Jnr., 3D Printing Consultant & Journalist. USA.
  • “There is a major need for educational resources to teach people of all ages about (3D printing). One of best resources available at the moment is Makers Empire. This is 3D design software which makes 3D printing fun and easy. It comes with a complete learning program and doesn’t require CAD, making it the ideal software for kids. The software includes an easy to manage back-end for educators. This consists of a list of lesson plans and units... These structured lessons make it easier for teachers to explain the wonders of 3D printing to their students. The back-end also includes a learning management system which teachers can use to track students and their progress.”

  • Phil Cotton, 3D Printing Teacher & Founder of UK.
  • “3dprinting with no experience? No cad modelling skills required? Anyone can create a 3dprintable design in under 5 minutes? Sounds like a dream come true and that is now reality with the release of Makers Empire 3dprinting software... The teaching resources have been written to meet both the (American) and Australian national curriculum with clear and concise lesson plans that are easy to understand and have easily achievable learning outcomes... Overall this app, and the teachers portal that supports the app, is truly a game changer. Every child can succeed regardless of ability and they can embark upon a 3dprinting journey of a lifetime. ”

  • Dianna Lizbeth, Contributor, 3D Printer Chat. USA.
  • “Created specifically for K-8 Schools to begin with the art of 3D modeling, this 3D printing learning program focuses on teaching by interactive challenges, alternating academic training and practical learning. Contains several tools to deepen 3D design that doesn’t require CAD, and, what I think is even more original is that it’s really school oriented, so their learning programs includes school license and lesson plans aligned to the American and Australian curriculums...Teachers who have implemented Makers Empire in the classroom say their students have achieved modeling really complicated designs that require a lot of manipulation of the features.”


Start your school’s 3D printing journey today

Makers Empire 3D

  • World's easiest to use 3D software
  • Individual Licence - single user
  • Design challenges, monthly competitions and leveling up features

Makers Empire 3D: Schools

  • Makers Empire 3D school licence - unlimited accounts for 12 months
  • Teachers’ Dashboard - easily manage students' accounts. View and download designs for 3D printing.
  • 50+ lesson plans (100+ hours) - aligned to the Australian and American curriculums. Weekly updates.
  • Professional development - 2-hour webinar for successful implementation
  • Analytics - monitor students' progress and engagement with weekly reports

Makers Empire 3D Mini Solution

  • Makers Empire 3D: Schools
  • Mini 3D printer
  • 1kg of PLA premium filament
  • Training on 3D printing hardware (1-hour online)
  • Shipping included

Makers Empire 3D Value Solution

  • Makers Empire 3D: Schools
  • Large 3D printer
  • 5kgs of PLA premium filament
  • Training on 3D printing hardware (1-hour online)
  • Shipping included