Wheelchair Design by JasonD

The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Mr Philip Holton, Head of Design, Technology and Engineering at Bromley High School for sharing this project idea.

The project was developed for the OCR 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 to integrate as much broad knowledge and understanding into a single user centred design experience, with 3D printing providing a production process suitable for scaled modelling and prototyping of concepts and ideas.

Download the Project Guide which includes a complete overview of the project, project structure, individual lesson outlines and OCR J310 Specification links/references.

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This Project Idea was developed by Mr Philip Holton, Head of Design, Technology and Engineering at Bromley High School.

The Project was developed for the OCR J310 GCSE Design Technology qualification

Incorporating 3D Printing

With rough models in place, learners will develop Autodesk Fusion 360 skills, and model in scale ideas for new wheel chairs or similar solutions. The 3D printer will facilitate scaled prototyping of the parts that, when joined to off the shelf scaled parts (where required) allow for a realistic scaled model to be produced and tested.

Online and face to face meetings will establish improvements and live iterations with the stakeholders, before a final concept is developed.

A large-scale model will be 3D printed to convey a large-scale concept idea, supported by simulations and CAD visuals produced in Autodesk Fusion 360.

Using 3D printing, the lessons where iterations of CAD files and physical models are critiqued and improved will come to life, and allow for wheel chair users and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about improving the idea.

Expected outcomes will be the iterated parts of complete models, and the final outcomes all presented at concept models to scale.

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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