Maker’s Empire Makes 3D Printing Accessible

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Photo: Maker’s Empire Facebook page

Innovative Australian technology company, Maker’s Empire, will tomorrow launch a 3D design tablet app that promises to revolutionise the printing process by empowering everyone – from young children to older generation technophobes – to design, create and print in 3D.

The 3D design tablet app ‘Maker’s Empire’, will be launched at EduTECH Australia 2014 from June 3-5 in Brisbane and, in the words of Maker’s Empire CEO Jon Soong, it’s taking 3D design from the realm of sophisticated CAD software and placing it in the hands of each and every one of us.

“Making 3D stuff has never been so easy – or so much fun,” Mr Soong said.

“Our cool and easy-to-use tablet app means 3D printing, previously confined to engineers, architects and other professionals with specialist technical knowledge, is now within the grasp of novices, technophobes and everyone in between. “And without any understanding of CAD, they, too, can experience the magic that comes with seeing their creations come alive in 3D printing.”

The Maker’s Empire team of friends and graduates of University of Adelaide developed the concept on witnessing the extremely high level of engagement young people have with digital creation tools, and recognising the opportunity this provides for getting children engaged in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) topics.

They successfully applied to take part in the ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program that helps businesses commercialise their innovations and subsequently teamed up with local 3D printer experts Innovation Systems to run a pilot program at three Adelaide primary schools in March and April, 2014.

“This allowed us to develop and evaluate our 3D design tablet app and lesson plans for 3D printing in a live, school teaching environment, to the point where our plans delivered cross-curricular learning outcomes aligned with the Australian National Curriculum,” Mr Soong said.

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