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8 – Share your Story

Welcome to the final Make:able toolkit. At this stage, you should have your final 3D printed product! We’re now going to guide you in curating your video and preparing your submissions. Throughout this toolkit, you’ll find:

  1. An example video structure that you can use as inspiration.
  2. A series of video editing tips.
  3. Submission preparation guidance.
  4. Submission forms.

Watch the overview video below before browsing through each section of the toolkit. You may also wish to revisit the Get Inspired Toolkit to view example submissions from last year. Then submit your entries using the online form at the end of the toolkit. Good luck and thank you for being a part of Make:able!


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1. Team Intro

[≈ 10 seconds] Introduce your team very briefly. For example, tell us your names, team name and what school/organisation you are from. Check out some of the examples in the video reel below.

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4 young students behind their 3D printed assistive cutlery solution.

2. Solution Snapshot

[≈ 5 seconds] Giving the audience a quick snapshot of your solution right at the beginning can really 'hook' them into your video. This can be done just after the team introduction or even during the team introduction. Check out the 2 different examples in the video below.

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Make:able end user, Juaisca, adjusting her leg prosthetic.

3. End User Intro

[≈ 15 seconds] Introduce your end user and tell us about them. Alternatively, and if they are comfortable doing so, have them introduce themselves! If you are designing for a make:able user, you might want to screen record part of their video and talk over the footage.

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A young girl who is blind reaching up and feeling a person's lanyard.

4. Empathy Studies

[≈ 30 seconds] Explain how you developed empathy for your end user, what you learned from it and what challenge you framed. This might be video footage observing them doing various activities, snippets from an interview with them, your own disability simulations, visuals of your challenge/empathy maps or various other techniques.

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A team of students presenting a brainstorm on a projector screen.

5. Ideas

[≈ 15 seconds] Present your design ideas. Show the journey you took from generating a whole range of ideas to narrowing them down to a single concept and developing sketches, rough models and more.

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3D printed models of an assistive car entry support.

6. Iterative Design

[≈ 30 seconds] Present your iterative design process, including snippets of 3D designing, 3D printing, testing and refining.

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A young student looking at a 3D printed iPad stand.

7. The Solution

[≈ 20 seconds] Show your final solution in action! Ideally, this would be a demonstration that includes your end user.

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A young student sat on a sofa looking at the camera.

8. Summary

[≈ 20 seconds] Finish your video with a short message from either your team or end user to summarise the impact of your device and your experience with Make:able

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Software Selection

We recommend creating a storyboard to help you plan your scenes before heading creating and editing a video. For free video editing software, check out iMovie for Mac or OpenShot for Windows. Alternatively, use a software you are familiar with.

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Decide whether you want to tell your story through voice narration or text overlaid onto your video. Both options are perfectly fine! If you opt for voice narration, we recommend using some form of microphone for good quality audio.

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Background Music

Consider adding background music to your video. A google search of 'royalty free music' will bring up a whole range of websites you can use. Try selecting something to match the mood and energy of your video.

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Footage Variety

If you study successful short videos, you'll notice that they rarely show the same scene for longer than a few seconds. Try and incorporate short clips of different viewpoints and angles to add variety to your video and to keep viewers engaged.

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Consistent Styling

Pay careful attention to your selection of fonts, colours and effects throughout your video. Consider keeping a common theme throughout to reflect a professional brand.

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Video Length

Although we allow videos up to 4 minutes in length, we recommend sticking closer to the 2 minute mark. A well-curated short video can have a bigger impact than a longer video that might lose viewer attention.

With your video complete, we’re at the final stretch! Go through the below information, which will guide you in preparing your submissions. Then submit your entries using the online form in the next section of the toolkit.


A collage of 3D printed models submitted to the Make:able Challenge.

Submitting Videos

Once your video is complete, you have 2 options to share it with us. Option 1 involves uploading it to an online video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. You can then include the video link in submission section of this toolkit. Option 2 involves saving the video file to an online storage platform such as Google Drive or Dropbox. The video file link can then be shared with us.

Submitting Design Files

To submit your design files, copy a share link from either Tinkercad or Fusion 360 and paste it into the relevant section in the submission form. Guidance on obtaining a share link is provided below.

Creating share links from TinkercadCreating share links from Fusion 360

If you have Safe Mode enabled on your account or if you are a student managed as part of a teacher’s Tinkercad Classrooms account, you are prevented from creating public designs until Safe Mode is disabled. In this case, you may skip the section that requests your design files.

Submitting a High Resolution Image

When submitting your high resolution image, try and select the image that best shows off your solution. This might be an image of it in use, or it might be a powerful rendered image.

Submitting a Bill of Materials + Assembly Instructions

This section is only required for designs made up of multiple components. Simply create a short document that tells us the exact materials used in your solution, together with instructions on assembling it. Check out this example from Makers Making Change.

Model Consent

On the submission form, there is an optional model consent checkbox that reads ‘I agree to list my model files under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, whereby others can remix, adapt, and build upon my work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit me and license their new creations under the identical terms’.

Ticking this box essentially grants people access to your solution so it can be used and adapted (you will still be credited and mentioned by anyone who chooses to use your solution). Although you designed a solution for one person, the likelihood is that it could benefit many more people around the world! If you’re happy for people to use your design, give this box a tick :). Further information on the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license can be found here.


The remaining sections of the submission form are pretty self-explanatory but if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us at

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