3D Printing – DT IB Diploma and Continued Technology Push

Hi Students, Summer is coming - and for DP1 first year DT students this is usually a time to start bringing together ideas for their Major Project noting that these days a major part of this project is the Commercial Production unit and an understanding of how to mass produce your project idea. So here to get your pulses racing is some of the latest developments in 3D printing which are not only supporting designers but in many ways changing the ...

3D Printing Spotlight – and Manufacturing Focus

Hi all, Another 3D manufacturing spotlight - as this industry and design area moves so fast it is always important for students  to keep up to date - especially considering the commerical production parts of your syllabus now. 3D Printed Bike - Imagine How this Manufacturing Technique will change other Product Designs? Source: Dezeen Great article about how the use of CAD, 3D Printing and other technologies are helping preserve ancient statues and designs that are being destroyed by militants around ...

3D Printing – The Competitive World of 2015…

Happy New Year to all Design Technology students - I hope you had a great holiday and are ready for the studies ahead whether you are in DP1 and 2. I have been reading a great deal about the competitive world that you will be entering as students either this year or next year - and recollect watching this video and article showing that China will turn out 20 times more graduates than in the UK and guess what that ...

Happy New Year (and MAKING THINGS YOURSELF!)

*All the below relates to the DP visual arts course for first examinations 2016. Here are some thoughts about the kinds of artwork that can be submitted for your final exhibition. Designing it vs making it If you design a beautiful dress, including the pattern on the fabric, but get someone else to make the dress, the dress can’t be submitted for your final exhibition. The guide says that any work selected for final assessment must have been made or constructed by you ...

Innovation in the new BM programme

There are many favourable aspects of the new BM programme, due for first teaching in September; not least the introduction of a concept based learning. However, it is slightly disappointing that the programme, with a shelf life of 7 years, makes limited references to some potentially transformational changes in the external environment. In particular: The social media Nanotechnology 3D printing The ‘internet of things’ Big data Given the rate of technological change, it is understandable that a syllabus cannot include every ...

The Dimension Revolution

In previous posts I have spoken about the potential impact of nanotechnology. However, creating machines smaller than the size of a molecule has often been hindered by issues with power sources. Engineers have invented many miniaturised devices, such as medical implants, but the batteries to power them have been larger than the devices themselves, making them unusable. However, the revolution in 3D printing has allowed manufacturers to produce batteries smaller than the width of a human hair with the power to ...