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3D Printing: Design Thinking for Schools | Inspire Greatness Conference

As someone who will be attending the upcoming Design Thinking and 3D printing workshops at the Inspire Greatness conference, we wanted to help you get the most out of your experience. So follow these simple steps to ensure a fantastic workshop experience.

1. Pre-Install Makers Empire 3D on Your Computer or Device

Download app store    Download Windows
Download Google Play    Download mac

We always recommend pre-installing Makers Empire before a conference workshop for a smooth experience. Makers Empire 3D works on most devices and is available to download on the App Store for iPad and iPhone, Google Play for Android, the Mac App Store for Mac and Windows. Newer Chromebooks (2016+) are supported – see details here. You will need an internet connection (wif) to download Makers Empire.

If you have any issues installing Makers Empire 3D please refer to our Help Centre. If you’re still experiencing difficulties contact our support team via Instant Messaging on this site. For offline use of Makers Empire (i.e. use without wifi), please see this help article.

Bonus: Login and have a go designing 

Too keen to wait for the workshop? Login to Makers Empire and start exploring by following these steps.

  1. Open the Makers Empire app on your computer or device.
  2. Select NEW: make a new account.
  3. Customise your avatar.
  4. Create a username and choose a password.
  5. Enter the class code: 7963seven
  6. Start exploring Makers Empire. We recommend starting in the Training Lab, which teaches users how to use the design tools.

2. Learn about Our Tools for Busy Teachers

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.

“Makers Empire is friendly towards all ability groups and helps engage students who are less motivated to be working in the classroom. It gives students the opportunity to be creative and learn by trial and error in a digital format… I have many teacher friends and have actually shown them the program and they are all very impressed.”
Aaron Vigor, Teacher
Yankallila Area School, AUSTRALIA

Makers Empire Teacher Dashboard

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

“We loved the Teacher (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 their lives”
Stephen Corcoran, Director of Digital Learning
St Stephen’s School, AUSTRALIA

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 The Australian Curriculum, Common Core State Standards, ISTE Standards for Educators, and NGSS.

“I found Makers Empire to be incredibly user-friendly. In particular, it was very “school” friendly… You could very successfully use Makers Empire without ever actually printing anything (but it is a lot more fun and exciting when you can print it!)… All unit plans have direct links to the curriculum including the Digital Technologies curriculum. The deeper I delve into using Makers Empire the more opportunities I see for using Maths in an authentic manner.”
Hajnalka Molloy, Leader of Campus Library and Information Services
Aberfoyle Park Primary Campus, AUSTRALIA

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, AUSTRALIA
Learn more about ongoing support

3. Start Your Extended 2-Months Free Trial 

For a limited time, we’re offering every teacher who attended the Inspire Greatness conference an extended, 2-month trial of Makers Empire. That’s 2 MONTHS FREE to see for yourself how Makers Empire can help you to teach STEAM, develop 21st-century learning skills and engage ALL students. Simply fill in this form to get your trial. Use this event code: INSPIREGREATNESS-EXTENDED


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4. Learn About Our Evidence-Based Learning Approach

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

The collaborative research project focused on the impact of maker pedagogies in K-2 settings through the provision of Makers Empire’s Learning by Design course, a blended teacher professional development program and the use of high-quality 3D modelling and printing tools.

Learning by Design is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority, contributing 20 hours of NESA Registered PD from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


The research study report revealed 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. Furthermore, all of the participating teachers expressed a desire to integrate 3D design-based makerspaces into their future classes.

5. Join the NSW Maker Pedagogy Network Project 2020

The Maker Pedagogy Network Project (MPNP) is designed to develop sustainable and scaleable models of professional learning that lead to effective implementation of maker pedagogies, STEM learning outcomes and improvement in students’ critical, creative and Design Thinking abilities.

Following the 2017-2018 research project, 14 NSW schools took part in the first NSW Maker Pedagogy Network Project (MPNP) in 2019.

We now invite NSW schools to participate in the second Maker Pedagogy Network Project to take place in term one and two of 2020. Expressions of interest close November 1st, 2019.