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190 Steel Machining

This video from Boxford demonstrates steel machining. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. A 2D CAD file for a 190 logo is designed using Techsoft Mill Design. CAM processing then takes place and the routing process is simulated using software. An...

160 Metal Turning

This video from Boxford demonstrates metal turning using a CNC machine. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Firstly the CAD design for a metal screw in part is produced using LatheCAD software. CAM processing then takes place and software is used to...

Material choices at Brompton

This video looks at the different grades of steel used in the frame design of a Brompton bicycle, typically steel tube and steel sheet. Designers consider several criteria when choosing materials for a folding bicycle, including strength, weight and durability. Due to the manufacturing process, Brompton does not...

Brompton Design

Will Carleysmith, senior designer at Brompton Bicycle, describes how designers need an understanding of materials and manufacturing processes are essential in his role. He explains how mathematics and CAD are used in the design process, as well as rapid prototyping techniques.

Magnus Larsson: Turning Dunes into Architecture

In this talk, courtesy of TED, architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold proposal to build a 6,000-kilometer-long wall across the entire African continent. He aims to use Bacillus pasteurii (microorganisms that create sandstone) to solidify the sand and to help provide shelter for individuals and curb...

Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral

In this talk, courtesy of TED, architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station. One is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, which is a celebration of growth and light. The team re-designed...

Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature's Genius in Architecture

In this talk, courtesy of TED, Michael Pawlyn describes how we could transform architecture and save resources and energy using biomimicry. He explains that in order to make progress with the sustainability revolution, there are three really big changes we need to bring about. Firstly, radical increases in...

The Science of Making Stone Age Cheese

Using the context of archaeological science, students investigate the food and diet of the people of Stonehenge and the nearby settlement of Durrington Walls, 4500 years ago. There are opportunities for students to test rates of reactions between milk and acids or enzymes used in cheese making, to consider the...

Making Stone Age Cheese

These resources use the context of feasting at Stonehenge to consider aspects of food processing, food allergies and intolerance.  There are opportunities for students to:

  • make and test their own cottage cheese
  • to consider the effect of processing on lactose content of foods
  • to...

Steve Spittle – Emerging Technology Lead in Digital Intelligence

Steve looks at new technologies that advance the space industry.  He works at the Space Applications Catapult, in Harwell.  He gives the example of how image processing techniques used in the satellite industry can be used in the medical imaging.  Imaging data has also been used to prevent illegal logging and to...

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