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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. A 2D CAD file for a mechanical part is designed using Techsoft Mill Design. CAM processing then takes place, starting with selecting cutting depths by colour....

250 Metal Turning

This video from Boxford demonstrates steel 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...

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-...

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...

From Cradle to Grave: Product Lifecycles

This resource challenges students to produce a life-cycle assessment for a mobile phone and its packaging, and then to suggest improvements to the design and materials in order to reduce its impact on the environment. Students assess materials acquisition, materials processing and manufacturing. The resource also...

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