The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Matthew Lowe, Design Technology Teacher at Broughton School for sharing this project idea.

The project was developed for the AQA 8552 Design Technology 2017 GCSE Specification, but it would be suitable for any of the KS4 GCSE or Scottish Higher Design Technology qualifications. This project could also be used for relevant FE courses.

The aim of the project is for students to use CAD and 3D printers to design and manufacture a product for an event or celebration.

Project Overview

Pupils create their own brief based around the topic of their choosing based on research. They are encouraged to use as many manufacturing skill as possible, pewter casting, laser cutting, strip heater forming and 3D printing.

Example 1

Trophy for X Games snowboarding event. PLA two tone 3D printed base. Laser cut board with pewter cast type face detail.

Example 2

Trophy for Wrestling event. PLA 3D printed base with clear and orange acrylic laser cut boarders for the pewter cast logo.

Project Links

This Project Idea was developed by Matthew Lowe, Design Technology Teacher at Broughton High School.

The Project was developed for the AQA 8552 GCSE Design Technology qualification and covers the following elements of the specification:

  • CAD
  • CAM
  • Polymers
    • PLA
  • Tools, equipment and processes
    • 3D printing

Incorporating 3D Printing

We ask pupils to use 3D printing for a creative unique element to their trophy or medal.

Pupils have developed basic skills on 3D CAD throughout KS3 by engaging in a variety of CAD CAM skills projects, this project allows them to consolidate these skills.

About Project Ideas

Project Ideas” are a series of ideas shared by the CREATE Education Project to provide inspiration and a starting point for students to develop their own projects that utilise 3D printing for prototyping and/or to enhance the final solution.

Many of the ideas shared would provide suitable starting points for students in Further or Higher Education who are undertaking their own personal projects, allowing them to adapt and extend the projects to develop new outcomes. Some of these projects could also be tackled in a similar way by high school students undertaking individual project work.

Alternatively suitable projects could be selected by teachers and assigned to teams of students in a project based learning approach. A series of editable templates and resources have been developed to support the project based learning approach. These include:

  • Project Planning Templates – A series of editable templates for course leaders or teachers to use when planning student projects.
  • Presentation Templates – A series of editable PowerPoint slides for course leaders or teachers to use for presenting project stages to groups of students.
  • Student Project Worksheets – A series of editable worksheets for individuals or groups of students to use for planning and documenting their projects.

These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.

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