CREATE Education were delighted to invited to deliver the Inspired Minds Event at the 2018 TCT Show, supported by our partners Autodesk and Bloodhound Education. The¬†TCT Show¬†is one of the world’s leading design-to-manufacturing events focused on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology, with over 300 exhibitors and 10000+ visitors. The show took place over 3 days in September and during this time over 300 students from 12 schools were invited to participate in the Inspired Minds Event.

The aim of Inspired Minds is to introduce students to Additive Manufacturing technology, industries, applications and potential career paths. By providing access to an event such as the TCT show it is hoped that students will be inspired to pursue a career in engineering or additive manufacturing.

During the event students participated in the following activities:

1. Introduction to Industrial Additive Manufacturing

An introductory presentation about 3D printing and the industrial applications, where students had the opportunity to question the expert, look at 3D models and learn more about 3D printing careers. This included a case study of 3D printing in the Bloodhound Supersonic Car and engineering careers resources were provided to students and teachers.

2. Inspired Minds Classroom Workshop

In this practical workshop, students worked in teams to design a set of lightweight wheels for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car using Autodesk Fusion 360 professional 3D modelling software. Then they were introduced to Cura software and sliced and prepared their models for 3D printing. The wheels were 3D printed and students were provided with a Bloodhound Balloon car kit. This allowed students to assemble their car, attach their 3D printed wheels and race the cars back in school.

3. TCT Show Tour

Finally, students followed a self-guided tour of the TCT show. This allowed them to experience the excitement of this industry, visiting different exhibitors and question them on their technology, products and careers opportunities. The TCT show tour provided was the perfect opportunity for the students to experience what the best of the industry has to offer and encourage the next generation of possible manufacturers, scientists, engineers and designers to take up a career in this fascinating industry.

“I just wanted to say what a fantastic day that we have had¬†at the TCT show. Since getting back on the coach all the pupils have not stopped talking about what they have done and seen.¬†¬†The pupils and myself have really enjoyed this amazing opportunity.¬†Everything was designed to the right level for the age group and the staff that where in support helped to make the event run smoothly as possible.¬†

We started the day with a lesson on 3D design using Autodesk.   The challenge had good clear instructions and considering we do not use Fusion yet, pupils picked it up fairly quickly.   The support staff from Autodesk and the teachers that where there to help, communicated clearly and showed great levels of support to my pupils. We then did a tour around the exhibits and the pupils where fascinated and privileged to have the opportunity to meet so many different companies in one place.  Everyone within the show was extremely welcoming and friendly. After we returned to listen to a talk about the different types of printing types and the types of objects that can be made to benefit other people.  This was a very informative and relevant to pupils within the curriculum that they are currently studying and linked to the GCSE syllabus.  

¬†All pupils and myself have fully enjoyed today and I know that a lot of work has been put into making this happen.¬†Please forward this on to the team and pass on my thanks for creating an unforgettable experience and engaging experience that I am sure my pupils will remember as a highlight for years to come.”

Duncan Skelton, Head of Design Technology, St. Richard Reynolds Catholic College

In The Classroom

Designing wheels is a great activity for introducing 3D printing and 3D modelling software and works well as a STEM activity as it combines design with scientific principles for increasing the acceleration and speed of a vehicle. This activity can be undertaken using the official “Bloodhound Balloon Powered Car” kit and project resources, students own car models, as part of the national “Race for the Line” rocket car project or for customising robotics kits.

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