On 4th March 2024, CREATE Education hosted teachers from the UTC network of schools at 3DGBIRE’s Technical Centre in Chorley for an ‘Engineering and Digital CPD Day.’

UTC stands for University Technical College. These are a network of secondary schools in the UK that focus on providing education in technical subjects, often in partnership with local universities and employers. 

UTCs offer a curriculum with a strong emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects and vocational training. They aim to prepare students for careers in industries such as engineering, healthcare, and digital technology.

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UTC Updates

The day started with an update on Engineering T-Levels with Steve Leahey from the Baker Dearing Educational Trust giving updates to the teachers about developments in this new qualification.

Next, the group focused on Ofsted, with an opportunity to hear from a UTC that has recently undergone an Ofsted inspection, delivered by Laura Mannion from UTC Derby Pride Park. This was followed by a wider discussion to share questions and good practice.

‘It’s amazing to have the support of Create Education and 3DGBIRE to help to keep the UTC staff, students and their curriculum up to date with all things Additive Manufacturing. This really helps our goal of students being ‘work-ready’ when they leave the UTCs.’ 

Amy Sutcliffe – UTC Project Coordinator. 

CREATE Education: Tour of the Technical Centre 

In the afternoon, Chirs Harrison from The CREATE Education Project presented the latest updates in additive manufacturing and how schools, colleges, and universities were utilising this technology to create and innovate with their students. 

 

Taking the teachers for a tour of the Technical Centre, Chris was able to demonstrate a range of technologies on offer, from 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Technologies to 3D Forming, using the Mayku Multiplier. 

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The teachers were able to see how they could integrate basic 3D printing into their classrooms, using FDM 3D Printers from Raise3D, BCN3D, and Bambu Lab, and even progress from FDM to more advanced materials, such as carbon fibre or metal, using the UltiMaker series of machines. 

 

Chris also introduced them to the more advanced 3D Printer range, which colleges and universities use. These included: 

 

  • Meltio 450, a 3D printing solution that uses off-the-shelf welding wire to print in high-strength metal; 
  • Lynxter 3D printers that enable you to 3D print in Silicone and Ceramics;
  • MiniFactory machines that specialise in Ultrapolymers;  
  • Our resin machines range from Photocentric to micro-printing solutions in Boston Micro Fabrication MicroArch range. 

 

Chris also introduced 3D scanning, and 3D forming. By scanning his own and others’ heads and objects from the Technical Centre, Chris could show the true versatility of the Shining 3D Einscan HX. Then moving on to 3D Forming, Chris wowed the teachers with the Mayku Multiplier, a desktop 3D former that produces injection mould-like moulds in quality and precision. 

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‘A brilliant day, lots of takeaways from…CREATE Education. Thanks for putting this on, and please continue to do so.’

Feedback for a UTC teacher at the joint ‘Engineering and Digital CPD Day’ with CREATE Education. 

The day was a real success with excellent feedback from all, with the Head of Development at CREATE Education, James Bajcer, adding: 

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“Working with the UTC network has been amazing. Their strong focus on preparing their students for high-quality STEM careers of the future and giving them the best and most up-to-date vocational training in areas such as Additive Manufacturing is what is needed to fill the skills shortage in these important areas of industry. Welcoming the team to our Technical Centre in Chorley, who work so hard to provide these skills to the next generation has been a pleasure.” 

Want to host a networking or CPD event with CREATE Education? 

If you’d like to host a network meeting or event for your school, college, university, or MAT, please get in touch. We’d love to show you around our Technical Centre and introduce you to the range of Additive Manufacturing technologies available. 

Contact: Jo Morrell, Marketing Manager, on j.morrell@createeducation.com