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Batch Production

Students begin by considering what items are produced in batches, and why? Details are given on the characteristics of batch production, and how it can be applied to engineered products. Students consider how they could describe batch production and its advantages and disadvantages. Students may begin to research...

One-off Production

Students are introduced to 4 different scales of production that they may come across, one-off, batch, mass and continuous through a video clip showing a wide range of products which they need to categorise into a type of production. Details are given on the characteristics of one-off production, and how it can be...

Mass Production

Students watch a car production line to demonstrate mass production taking place. Details are given on the characteristics of mass production, and how it can be applied to engineered products. Students consider how they could describe batch production and its advantages and disadvantages. Students may begin to...

Continuous production

Students explore the difference between continuous and mass production, noting that there are many similarities but mass production has a large finite number of products made (which is subject to change) and continuous production whilst not infinite does not have a preplanned production size and is subject the...

Globalisation and product manufacture

This resource explores the impact of globalisation on the manufacturing market. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of global product manufacture, looking at topics such as transport, sustainability, delivery, consumer rights, legislation. The presentation and worksheets combine to create a learning mat...

Lean manufacturing

This film looks at how Brompton Bicycle introduced a system of lean manufacturing to manage production. This enables them to eliminate the waste by looking at every aspect of the design from the customer’s point of view and also reducing lead times. The film also explores the...

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...

Router Master Class

This resource from Boxford presents examples of how to use shaped CNC router cutters to solve different problems quickly and with accuracy. Different uses for cutters are introduced, such as trenching, profiling and grooving. Different cutters that can be used for these and other purposes are shown. These include a...

PCB Board Machining

This video from Boxford shows the process of printing a printed circuit board using a CNC router. It shows the complete process from the initial CAD design through to a fully routed circuit board. Firstly a design for the circuit is created using CAD software. This is then exported as a Gerber file and processed...

MT2 Steel Machining

This video from Boxford shows the process of steel CNC machining. It shows the complete process from the initial CAD design through to a finished product. A 2D CAD file is designed using Techsoft Mill Design. CAM processing then takes place, starting with selecting cutting depths by colour. The routing process is...

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