Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
MakerBrane is a platform to design, play, and learn with construction toys, digitally.
The MakerSpace is an online 3D building tool for you to create and share cool designs. You access it by clicking the “Build” button on the top right of the home page, or the “Start Building” button on the home page banner. The MakerSpace has more than 20,000 different building parts split into Part Sets, including all the parts from the toy systems you know (Lego, Meccano, littlebits, etc.), as well as shapes, miniature furniture, daily objects, craft, and also 2D and 3D printable parts. You can add parts, snap them together, rotate them, duplicate them, color them, and more, to create anything you can think of!
The big difference is that our motto is “Build with Everything”, and Lego is just one of the many Part Sets you can build within the 3D MakerSpace, such as Meccano, Geo-Mag, K’Nex, and new toys you’ve never heard of before. You can build with a single Part Set or combine them all. MakerBrane is the only platform where you can mix and build with different construction toys in one digital space.
MakerBrane is different by being an “assembly” tool rather than a “modeling” tool. Creators will use existing, pre-made construction toys and other real-life parts and snap them together to create their designs. Thanks to this system, the tool is a lot easier to learn than other modelers and can be understood with 5 minutes of tutorials available on the website.
There is no need to download anything, it all works in your computer browser. Chrome or Firefox work best.
On mobile or tablet, you can browse the massive design catalog of toys created by makers around the world, comment on your favorites, and follow other creators. You can also shop for designs, parts, and more, and soon you’ll be able to build, too!
When you save a design, it’s automatically available for sale on the platform. You and other MakerBrane members could see it, view it in 3D, or in VR, download it for 3D printing or game asset creation, and unlock step-by-step instructions for rebuilding it on the platform or in real life.
At the moment, MakerBrane helps you do that in two ways: the first is by giving you a list of parts included in the design as well as step-by-step building instructions, allowing you to use third-party services to get those parts and rebuild your design in real life. The other way is by allowing you to download your model as a 3D-printable file. Third-party 3D printing services will be able to create a physical replica of your design!
Currently, you can export your design in 3D to gltf, obj, stl, and dae. You can also export your design as a 2D png. If there are any other formats you think would be useful, write to us at email@example.com with your suggestions!
Not at the moment, but it’s something we’re considering. If you feel like this feature is something that would be really interesting for the community, let us know what you think by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can unlock new Part Sets using coins or unlocking them with XP (more on that later). The list of Part Sets you can get can be found on the Part Set page.
We’re regularly adding new Part Sets to the MakerSpace, so stay tuned!
The amount of parts that can be added to a design is limited to 100 for non-subscribers. Subscribers to the MakerBrane Pro Plan can add up to 10,000 parts to their designs!
The MakerBrane Pro Plan allows you to access several features of the MakerBrane experience. These include: building much bigger models with up to 10,000 parts, early access to Part Sets and Play Sets, exporting high-resolution 2D or 3D files, and more! You can pay monthly or yearly, with a big discount on the latter.
Visit the Pricing page for more info.
The best way to get more coins is by inviting friends. You get 1000 for every friend who signs up using your invitation link! Click on the coins icon in the navigation bar to find the link.
You can also get coins from daily website visits, from selling designs, or by simply buying them.
Visit the Coins page for more info.
You can spend coins on a few things:
- New Part Sets for your collection, which you can find in the 3D MakerSpace.
- Designs made by other users. They get added to your profile, and you can choose to rebuild them or modify them.
- New Play Sets, which are themed bundles of designs that you can rebuild for XP.
Think of Play Sets like the construction toy set you buy in a store. A Play Set is a group of designs usually centered around a theme, such as Space, or Architecture, and you goal is to rebuild those designs with the parts included. When you successfully rebuild a design from a Play Set, you’ll get XP! New Play Sets are released regularly, and soon, you might have the chance to make your own! You can find our list of Play Sets here.
The best way to get more XP is by completing Play Sets. You can also get XP from creating original designs. There will be more ways to get XP in the future.
There’s a dark mode if yellow is not your favorite color!
Schools, after school programs and educational Maker Spaces globally are already using MakerBrane to teach 3D design through play with MakerBrane. Design (which is essentially creative problem solving) and making (ie. translating a concept into reality, an extremely empowering activity) are pillars of STEAM education. Please write to us at email@example.com and join our “STEAM not STEM” network of tech and creative partners.