Metal manufacturing techniques

A collection of resources curated for GCSE Design and Technology, to support the teaching of metal manufacturing techniques.

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Why cast it?

In this activity, on outline is given of the casting process and the reasons why it is used to make products. Learners then carry out a practical activity to reinforce their understanding of why casting is used to manufacture some products rather than subtractive (wasting processes). This activity involves the use of moulding materials to simulate manufacture using two process types, for comparison: a moulding/casting process and manual wasting.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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3D Metal Machining

This video from Boxford demonstrates 3D metal machining. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Curriculum links include the use of CAD/CAM in the designing, simulating and making of a product and the use of CNC machines to cut and engrave metals.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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2D Metal Machining

This video from Boxford demonstrates 2.5D metal machining. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Curriculum links include the use of CAD/CAM in the designing, simulating and making of a product and the use of CNC machines to cut and engrave metals.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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250 Metal Turning

This video from Boxford demonstrates steel turning using a CNC lathe. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Curriculum links include the use of CAD/CAM in the designing, simulating and making of a product and the use of CNC lathes.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Manufacturing

Produced by the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP), these images are useful for adding to documents, presentations or for use with an interactive whiteboard. Mainly simple line drawings, they can be cut and pasted into documents and image processing applications.

The images in this resource are related to the topic of manufacturing and include:
• Axe moulds
• Axle
• Blow mould
• Bottle mould
• Carton
• Casting
• Chuck
• Extrusion moulding
• Compression moulding
• Lathe
• Metal presses
• Injection moulding
• Rivet
• Rollers
• Stamp
• Vacuum forming

publication year
1990 - 1999

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Aluminium

A Catalyst article about aluminium, a shiny silvery metal, which is extracted from its ore by electrolysis. Further addition of other metallic elements results in an alloy, which can be cast into various shapes using moulds. The article looks at the processes of extraction, casting, patterns, moulds and finishing.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Automated machines at Brompton

This film looks at why automated machines, such as a CNC machine, are used in the production of Brompton bicycles. The need for space has resulted in the manufacture of some parts being sub-contracted, which can create quality control issues.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Casting in metals

This resource helps to introduce methods of casting in metal. It looks at sand, investment and die casting.

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