3D Printing & Design Thinking for Schools | Formnext 2019

As someone who attended the Formnext exhibition and conference and connected with us there, you understand the learning potential of 3D technology.

Makers Empire helps schools maximise the learning potential of 3D technology, cover Design & Technologies curriculum, and teach Design Thinking, STEM concepts and 21st-century learning skills. Teachers are supported by comprehensive resources, easy to use software and class management tools, professional development, and ongoing support provided by Makers Empire’s customer service team. Common Sense Education ranked Makers Empire second out of 180 EdTech products reviewed for their Best EdTech of 2018 List.

Shenzhen Weistek CO., LTD is a leading innovator and manufacturer of desktop 3D printers and printing filaments. Weistek’s pioneering, trademarked technologies include 3D high speed printing and high-quality, biodegradable filament, which are exported to 30 countries and regions including the USA and Germany. Weistek’s highly rated 3D printers include the Minitoy 3D Printer, the IdeaWerk Speed 3D Printer, A Box 3D Printer and WT280X Speed 3D Printer.

Why Schools Love Makers Empire

Makers Empire 3D – world’s easiest to use 3D software

Start designing in 3D in minutes – no CAD experience necessary! Makers Empire 3D works on all devices and can be used by students as young as 4 years old.

“I have worked with several design software but Makers Empire is the easiest to use… One of the best things students learned is that it is okay to not get the “right” answer the first time, or second time. Students know that “failing” is part of the design process and problem solving,”
Casey Corn, STEM Teacher
Chesnee Elementary School, USA

Makers Empire Teacher’s Dashboard

Makes organising students and classes a breeze! Monitor your students’ progress, leave feedback on their designs and reward their good work.

“My department was searching for applications and curriculum that would align to the common core standards… We were impressed that (Makers Empire) was 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.”
Professor Stan Silverman, Director
NYIT Technology Based Learning Systems, New York, USA.

Makers Empire Curriculum

Be guided, supported and inspired by our expert learning team. Makers Empire’s innovative curriculum gives you an engaging and powerful means of teaching design and technology curriculum and offers exciting opportunities to develop your student’s design thinking skills. Makers Empire curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, ISTE Standards for Educators, Next Generation Science Standards and The Australian Curriculum.

“The software has lesson plans based on many state standards… (the students’) enthusiasm and absolute thirst for knowledge is awesome to see. They blaze through the challenging 3D lesson plans,”
Shneur Garb, Teacher
Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva Day School, USA

Innovative professional development

Gain a deeper understanding of the exciting field of Maker Pedagogy. Learn how to meaningfully integrate 3D design and printing in your classroom. Be inspired by the transformative power of Design Thinking. Our self-paced, on-demand, 13-part professional development series designed for teachers by teachers makes it easy!

“This was the best PD that I have been involved in for ages… This whole project has been inspiring for teachers and students in empowering students to become changemakers. Our students were so engaged and excited about solving a real-world problem… The fact that they could see they could help someone through their own design, meant their learning was authentic and valued,”
Bianca Laister, Deputy Principal
Birdwood Primary School, AUSTRALIA


You shouldn’t need to be a tech expert to be able to utilise 3D design and printing in your classroom. Our friendly support team provides ongoing and timely support whenever you need it so you can keep doing what you do best – teaching!

“Thanks… really appreciate your time. I’m now looking forward to getting the kids stuck into some serious design projects!”
Joe Grabin, 3rd Grade Teacher
North Melbourne Primary School, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Learn more about ongoing support

How Educators Use Makers Empire To Teach

How a 30 Year Veteran Teacher Went From 3D Printing Novice to 3D Printing Guru

“The majority of my kids, when they started the school year, were more than a year and a half behind in reading and Maths. And (because of) what I’ve been able to do with Makers Empire and 3D design this year, many of my kids have grown more than a year and a half. With this program, I’m being able to close that gap for these kids.”

How 3D Printing United My Class and Helped Us Raise Funds for a Local Hospital

“We held a Make Sale at BLT Senior Elementary School’s Christmas concert where we sold over 200 student-made 3D printed and Perler bead ornaments! All the proceeds from the sale were donated to the local children’s hospital, the IWK Health Centre. We earned $347 for the hospital, a fantastic result!”

How 3D Printed Flat Stanleys Support Literacy at Woodsdale Elementary School

“The students’ favorite part was going from the computer screen to something they can hold in their hand… It’s always better if you can give students an authentic reason to communicate… From the beginning, the students had no trouble. They absolutely loved it.”

Evidence-Based Learning Ensures Success

Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course was the subject of a recent Macquarie University research study on makerspaces in primary school settings.

The research study examined how maker activities using 3D design and 3D printing technology could enhance learning and teaching outcomes.

The recently published research study report reveals the compelling benefits of this type of learning for primary educators and showed that makerspaces can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, design thinking and digital skills.

Students were highly engaged with the 3D technology, and the idea of solving genuine design challenges – it helped boost their confidence and resilience when dealing with setbacks, particularly for those less capable students.

Teachers became more comfortable with technology, and more collaborative and flexible in their teaching.

All of the 24 classroom teachers who participated in the focus group expressed a desire to integrate 3D design-based makerspaces into their future classes.


Wondering if Makers Empire is for you? Get two months free Makers Empire and try it out in your classroom with your students. Use the code ‘FORMNEXT2019‘ when signing up to recieve your extended trial.


As a thank you for connecting with us at Formnext, receive up to 30% off the usual price when you purchase a Makers Empire’s School Subscription or Makers Empire 3D Printer Package with Weistek Printers. Use this special discount code — FORMNEXT2019 — when buying online or requesting a quotation for Makers Empire to qualify. This offer ends on 23 January, 2020 so don’t delay!

  • Easy to use 3D modeling software
  • Teacher’s Dashboard for easy class management
  • 130+ lesson plans aligned to  American Common Core standards, ISTE standards for educators, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Australian Curriculum.
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Ongoing support
  • Optional 3D printer packages
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