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What is CAD and CAM?

This resource supports students to understand the terms Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacture. It provides an overview of manufacturing methods such as CNC vinyl cutting, CNC router, laser cutting.

Revision and mock assessment materials for this resource are...

3D Printing, a new and emerging technology

This lesson resource provides teacher notes for delivering a lesson that places 3D Printing as a new and emerging technology. It looks at how 3D printers work and provides a student assessment.

How is 3D Printing used in society?

This lesson teaches students different uses of 3D printing and highlights the three main parts to the 3D printing process (I.e. design, slice, print).

3D Printing with Funky Foam

This resources provides instructions for a simple demonstration of how additive layer manufacturing (3D printing) works. It uses funky foam, scissors and pritt stick glue. However, could also use acrylic, cardboard or wood and cut the model sections using a...

An introduction to 3D printing

This package of resources by Learnbylayers provides a comprehensive introduction to 3D printing, where it is used in the wider world and why it is used to manufacture certain products. Students design an object, slice and print it and learn about the basics of 3D printing. The materials can be taught in class or...

What is 3D printing?

This video provides a great overview to 3D printing, looking first at different ways of manufacture, before explaining the 3D printing process. The video is presented by the Head of the Institute for Manufacturing, Professor Tim Minshall, and would well as an introduction to 3D printing or as a revision video...

Boat

This resource from Boxford describes the design and manufacture of a vacuum-forming mould that can be used to make a toy yacht. The resource includes a copy of an exemplar stereolithography file that can be used to manufacture the mould on a rapid prototyping machine. Several images of the CAD models, the use of a...

3D Scanning

This video from Boxford demonstrates 3D scanning and reverse engineering of products using a 3D scanning machine. The 3D scanning machine is shown followed by the object, an ornamental cat, which is to be reverse engineered. Full 360 degree laser scanning of the ornament is performed. The scanned object is then...

Printing in Three Dimensions

This Catalyst article looks at 3D printing, a new technology which is rapidly finding applications. Although probably too slow for mass production it is useful for producing prototypes and tailor-made items. In a 3D printer, layers of polymer beads are printed one on top of the other. Heat melts the polymer beads...

Photo Machining

This video from Boxford demonstrates the process of photo CNC machining. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Firstly a bitmap or jpeg image of a woman’s face is imported into CAD software. This is then processed...

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