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Activity 4: In the Loop

This design-and-make project, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, provides hands on experience of working with materials, using CAD/CAM for design, and an opportunity for students to manufacture interesting products while addressing many circular economy concepts. The activity explores the use of materials, the...

Activity 1: The Circular Economy in the Built Environment

This activity, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, concentrates on the design of buildings, their use and eco- effectiveness. Students will explore how, through applying circular economy principles, new buildings can be created that have a positive impact – buildings that do good rather than less harm. The...

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).

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...

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...

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...

Wooden Seesaw

This resource from Boxford describes the production of a wooden seesaw using CAM technology. A CAD file is provided for the project and a photograph shows the use of triangulation of cross structure in the making of the product. Safety issues and features are discussed and the advantages of using this design over a...

Toolbox

This resource from Boxford describes a toolbox project produced using CAD/CAM. Exemplar CAD files are included. The tool box is made from Corriflex and an explanation is given of its advantages and uses as a material. The toolbox is shown produced as a net using CD software. Different coloured lines show the...

Toolholder A1

This resource from Boxford describes the development of a holder for tools needed for an A1 and A1 M CNC router. Exemplar CAD files are provided for CAM output and production. The reasons for the project are described and the importance of keeping track of tools is explained. Materials, cutting tools and machine...

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