On Thursday 26th April, The CREATE Education Project joined our CREATE Hub at Renishaw Plc in Miskin, South Wales, to deliver the first of three initial 3D printing workshops to secondary Design Technology teachers. These full day workshops offered through the D&T Association provide teachers with a complete introduction to 3D printing and CAD along with project ideas, free resources and an introduction to 3D printing in industry.

The workshop took place in the Education centre at Renishaw Plc in Miskin. This purpose built facility consists of a classroom and presentation space along with two Design Technology workshops, fully equipped with all the latest technologies, including a bank of 3D printers. The Education centre offers free Design Technology workshops to Primary and Secondary school students in South Wales and Gloucestershire as well as their own 3D printer loan scheme, where schools can borrow an Ultimaker for a period of up to three months. Learn more about the Renishaw facilities and services for schools.

The day commenced with an introduction to Renishaw which highlighted the requirement for inspiring young people to develop skills and follow engineering careers and the opportunities for apprenticeships at Renishaw.

Then the 3D printing process was explained and teachers were introduced to the entry level CAD software Autodesk Tinkercad. In this practical session where they familiarised themselves with the Tinkercad interface and controls then designed their own personalised key fob as a 3D model. They then learned the principles of slicing a 3D model and preparing it for 3D printing using the Ultimaker Cura slicing software. After slicing their key fobs, they then 3D printed their designs.

This was followed by an interactive project ideas session, where teachers had the opportunity to explore a variety of 3D printing projects suitable for KS3 and KS4 and discuss ideas and resources.

After lunch, teachers participated in another practical session introducing the more advanced Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD software. This was followed by a presentation by a Renishaw Engineer on Metal 3D printing at Renishaw, which again highlighted some of the career opportunities available to students. Finally teachers were given a tour of the Rennishaw site, this included a visit to the DT workshops, experiencing the full end to end process of creating titanium dental and cranial implants using the Renishaw Metal 3D printers and a visit to the factory to see the 3D printers being made. This tour provided teachers with a valuable insight into 3D printing in industry and some of its applications.

The workshop was rounded off with 3D printer health and safety information and risk assessment, free resources and a D&T Association Certificate. The workshop was very well received by the teachers that took part, here is some of the feedback we received:

“An excellent course – very informative”

“Fantastic course, lots of information on 3D printing.”

“Excellent to see the range of projects that can be developed across the school.”

“Great day seeing how industry is now using 3D technology.”

CREATE Education and Renishaw are offering two more of these introductory workshops in Stone, Staffordshire on 24th May and New Mills, Gloucestershire on 21st June. We are also looking into future collaborations to provide more intermediate level and CAD workshops so watch this space.

About Renishaw

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company employs over 4,500 people worldwide and supplies products for use in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to 3D printing, dentistry and brain surgery.

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