With Makers Empire 3D modeling software everyone can become a designer. Everyday, K-8 students create wonderful, innovative objects using Makers Empire 3D, from superhero gadgets to models of the Everglades.

To make the design experience even easier, we’ve complied our top 7 ‘hacks’ for Makers Empire 3D modeling software. Using these ‘hacks’ will help you and your students get the most of our easy to use 3D design software.

1. 3D Viewer

This hack is in the teachers dashboard. The 3D viewer button allows you to easily see a student’s design from all angles allowing you to make sure that all the parts of a design are well connected before you print it out.

2. Handy dandy help button

The little green question mark in the top right hand corner of the Makers Empire 3D design software should be your best friend. When you click this button, you can see the help videos we have for all the parts of the software. As soon as you click the question mark, parts of the screen start to flash. Click on a flashing icon to watch the help video.

3. Become a star and record a video

On certain tablets and iPads there is a special function where students can record a video of their design. Just click the video icon after you finish a design and you can manipulate your design as you talk about its different features.

4. Make cutouts

Explore the concept of negative space with the cutout option in the Makers Empire design software. Create holes of all different shapes and sizes quickly and easily with this cutout feature.

5. Group objects to make one complex object

When you spend lots of time placing several different shapes into just the right arrangement it’s important to be able to lock them into place. The group objects feature makes this possible. And once you group the pieces together, you can edit the new shape as a whole.

6. Take control and draw your own shape

There are no limits in the Shaper module, where you can use a huge range of premade shapes and also draw your own shape! Whatever shape you can imagine you can make a reality. What types of shapes do you think your students would create?

7. See double and duplicate your shape

Trying to add eyes or ears to a design, but struggling to get them to look exactly the same? This hack is the answer. Use the duplicate feature to make multiple copies of a shape and never have lopsided eyes again!

We hope you found these ‘hacks’ for Makers Empire 3D modeling software helpful and can’t wait to see what awesome designs you and your students create!

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Jeanette McConnell, Ph.D. is a passionate educator with a strong scientific background. She earned a bachelors degree in biochemistry at San Diego State University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of NSW. Throughout her studies she tutored her fellow students. Her experience presenting science shows and workshops to children convinced her of the value of a hands-on education. She believes Makers Empire is the way to make learning hands on and harness the power of 3D printing technology in education.


MAKERS EMPIRE: BETTER LEARNING BY DESIGN

Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills using 3D printing. Our pioneering 3D solutions for schools include 3D modelling software, over 150 lesson plans aligned with international standards and professional development. With Makers Empire, engaged students learn how to solve real-world problems and make their world better.