Makers Empire App Update – New Design Replayer, Text-To-Speech, Better Experience

At Makers Empire, our tech, user experience and learning teams are always working to deliver a better app experience for students with improved learning outcomes. Most new app features are based on feedback provided during user testing sessions in classrooms or via emails sent to us by passionate Makers Empire users.

In the latest update of Makers Empire’s 3D design app, we’re happy to announce the launch of some exciting new features, as well as improvements to our existing features and user experience. We’re especially excited to release Replayer, which makes it possible for students to replay the creation of a design.

Rhys Lindsay, Makers Empire’s Software Developer, says, “I often see complex designs in the gallery, and ask myself how exactly they got made. By watching a design replay with Replayer you can learn exactly how a design was made, from start to finish. You get to see all the ‘mistakes’ and changes a user made before arriving at their final design – it’s kind of like every design has its own story.”

The app update also introduces a useful new Text-to-Speech tool to support learners with mixed literacy levels.

The team at Makers Empire is dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Text-to-Speech is just one of the features that showcases this commitment, as it opens up the world of 3D design to a wider audience. For instance, a young student beginning to read or someone with dyslexia can now navigate through challenges and instructions with ease. This feature is particularly meaningful to me personally because a close family friend has a son who faces the daily challenges of dyslexia. It’s reassuring to know that there are tools like this that help to level the playing field in education. In fact, my friend mentioned a 슬롯 무료 사이트 that offers a similar support system, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their learning needs, has access to engaging and educational content.

Learn more about these new tools and other app improvements:


It will be possible to replay any design created with this version of the app (and subsequent updates in the future). Just click the Replay button on a selected design and the Replayer will launch. Users can:

  • Play or Pause the replay
  • Fast Forward or Rewind using the slider
  • Turn ‘Spin’ on or off (view spins around by default)
  • Adjust the replay speed from tortoise (slow) to hare (fast)


To support learners with mixed literacy levels, we have introduced a text-to-speech feature. When a user clicks the audio icon, the corresponding section of text will be read for them.

Makers Empire 3D design app

Delete Comments

Users can now delete comments from their own designs if desired. For a student it can be really empowering to ‘self police’ their experience in Makers Empire. This new tool gives students the opportunity and responsibility to be part of creating the kind of positive, respectful environment which we want Makers Empire to be.

Makers Empire 3D design app

Send Messages to Students In-App

In addition to remotely assigning students design missions within the app, admins (teachers) can now send a message directly to a user (student) within the app. This, and teacher feedback, are the only forms of private communication in Makers Empire 3D. Users can not respond to admins directly from the app.

Advanced Tool Panel UI

We’ve taken some of the trickier tools and redesigned the interface to make it clearer to users how they work. Rather than kind of pushing buttons and figuring out how these tools work by trial and error, users now see a side panel which explains, in plain language, how to use the tool.

Grouping Tool

The Grouping tool functionality is unchanged, but the OK and Cancel buttons have moved to the new Advanced Tool Panel.

Makers Empire 3D design app grouping

Boolean is Now Known as Cut

After much consideration and user feedback, the Boolean ‘cutting out’ tool is now known as ‘Cut,’ Subtract is now ‘Hole’, and Intersect is now ‘Overlap.’

Makers Empire 3D design app cutting out


The usability of the Magnet tool has been vastly improved. Users can adjust “Join depth” which is the amount that the shapes overlap. 0mm = the shapes will be exactly flush, 1mm = the shapes will overlap by 1mm (good for printability), -1mm = there will be a 1mm gap between the shapes (i.e. the opposite of joined).

Game Zone is now Maze Mania

Game Zone has been retired and replaced by Maze Mania, our popular maze creation/playing game. When we added Game Zone, our intention was to add a series of educational ‘mini-games’ which each focused on an aspect of the design thinking process. However, Maze Mania proved to be so engaging that teachers found students getting distracted by it when they were supposed to be doing other work within the app. So Maze Mania will only be unlocked when a user reaches level 3 in the app and teachers can also disable Maze Mania if they wish.

Makers Empire 3D design app world

New look for ‘Create’

Shaper and Blocker are most commonly used to create designs so the other design modules have been moved to a expandable menu underneath them.

Makers Empire 3D design app

Keen to have your students exploring these new features? Get the latest version of Makers Empire 3D in your usual app store (iOS, Googleplay) by searching for ‘Makers Empire’ in the app store and then clicking ‘install’ or ‘update’. Alternatively, you can download Makers Empire (Window users) and then install it on your computer or device.

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