Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need any previous CAD (Computer Aided Design) experience to use Makers Empire?
No – Makers Empire 3D is the world’s easiest to use 3D design software. We think it is the most fun, too! Users as young as 4 years old can get started designing in 3D in minutes.
What are the benefits of using 3D printing in the classroom?
From 2017-18, Macquarie University in Sydney undertook a pioneering research study on primary school makerspaces based on the use of Makers Empire in three schools. The research study revealed makerspaces can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, design thinking and digital skills. We’ve also listed other benefits here – see 7 benefits of using 3D printing in education.
Do I need a 3D printer to use Makers Empire?
No – Makers Empire uses 3D design and printing to teach crucial Design Thinking skills to K-8 students. 3D printing is a fantastic way to make that learning tangible, but using Makers Empire provides endless, engaging learning opportunities even without a 3D printer. If you are interested in trying or buying a 3D printer, we can help you out.
I’m interested in 3D printing but I want to try before I buy. Can you help me?
Yes – Makers Empire offers both a free trial of Makers Empire and an affordable print service. You can contact our team for more details of our print service and to purchase print credits.
Aren’t 3D printers expensive?
Not any more. Makers Empire offers schools software + printer packages with top brands and models based on their quality, suitability and affordability in a school setting.
I’ve never used a 3D printer before – are they hard to set up and use?
Makers Empire provides easy-to-follow setup guides and troubleshooting guides for every 3D printer so we’ll make sure you get your 3D printer up and running. It’s not as difficult as you might think and the machines probably look more complicated than they are. Plus, all our plans come with our unrivalled support service: our responsive team will help you manage any technical issues to minimise inconvenience and downtime.
How much does Makers Empire cost?
It is free to download the Makers Empire 3D app – get it now. We have whole school subscriptions for $1,999 per year that include access to all the resources and support available in the Makers Empire Teacher’s Dashboard. We are also doing limited trials of a single class subscription. If you would be interested in this, please let us know.
I’m new to Design Thinking – what is it?
Design Thinking is a methodology for creative problem-solving. Mandi Dimitriadis, Makers Empire’s Director of Learning, explains it as follows: “Design Thinking is a way of thinking and working that helps us to define and solve problems. It is a non-linear, iterative and human-centred process that helps us to reframe problems as opportunities.” See What is Design Thinking? A Handy Guide for Teachers.
Why should we teach Design Thinking?
Design Thinking helps students identify and solve real-world problems and develop the most valuable and sought after skills in the 21st-century workplace: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. Anyone and everyone can benefit from Design Thinking, especially young learners. See Why Schools Should Teach Design Thinking.
How do I teach Design Thinking?
Design Thinking is embedded throughout the Makers Empire app and all our teaching resources. All Makers Empire subscriptions include the high-quality tools and professional development you need to introduce Design Thinking to your school with confidence.
Do you have examples of how teachers are using Makers Empire in the classroom?
Yes! Browse 100+ teacher interviews/school case studies on our blog or read our teacher testimonials.
How many people use Makers Empire?
As of October 2019, Makers Empire is used by over one million students, 18,000+ teachers and 1,000+ schools in forty countries. Students use Makers Empire to create 50,000 new 3D designs a day.
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