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Resistant Materials teacher for 20 years. Currently working as Technology Technician, which allows sometime to plan and prepare resources that whilst teaching are difficult to find the time. Resources guide students through practical aspects of each project and any additional aspects of design cycle can be built in around this to suit.

Resistant Materials teacher for 20 years. Currently working as Technology Technician, which allows sometime to plan and prepare resources that whilst teaching are difficult to find the time. Resources guide students through practical aspects of each project and any additional aspects of design cycle can be built in around this to suit.
Student help sheets and guides to produce low voltage nightlight/logo light. Circuit,housing & lens
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Student help sheets and guides to produce low voltage nightlight/logo light. Circuit,housing & lens

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KS3 Design and Technology guides and student friendly support sheets for a child’s night light/logo light. Covering CAD/CAM, wood joints and various permanent and temporary methods of assembly along with electronics and a fully detailed stage by stage circuit construction help sheet . Includes othographic projections and exploded view, all dimensions and materials and components list. Sheets are student friendly to develop independence of work. Outcomes can be differentiated at most stages with simple adaptations. Can be used as batch production project if desired. Laser cut lens designed and personalised by students to any shape and design they desire. Wood construction base encompassing the circuit that can be manufactured by hand/machined. That can be any desired shape. Stage by stage guidance for manufacturing the electrical circuit using veroboard. Range of practical skills to produce a cost effective working product that students cant wait to take home. Now with a suggested selection of further developments and costings sheet for the circuit.
Solidworks - Getting started. The basics of producing drawings. A Teacher and student guide.
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Solidworks - Getting started. The basics of producing drawings. A Teacher and student guide.

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Series of ‘walkthrough’ helpsheets covering the essentials of using Solidworks software including - creating sketches, adding features, edge details, dimensioning, editing sketches and features, adding colour and texture, Part and Assembly drawings. Importing 2D Design files to create 3D models is also covered. Straight forward to use as a student friendly booklet or as individual helpsheets that can be laminated for easy clean and re-use. Quick and easy to follow to enable student to progress independently using the software to enhance their design and modelling work. A must have if new to Solidworks - saves time and money learning! Display sheets for wall also included.
Free Standing Photo Frame Project
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Free Standing Photo Frame Project

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Resources and details for producing a free standing photo frame using a range of materials and processes to develop students skills, knowledge and understanding of a variety of techniques. Including marking out and accuracy, cutting wasting and drilling, vacuum forming, line bending, compression moulding, wood jointing, adhesives and finishes, use of CAD/CAM and laser cutting as well as a comparison between hand making and CAD/CAM techniques and the iterative design process, should you wish students to go on and design, develop and model their own design for the frame part of the products as a further skill building exercise. This project is design to use mainly offcuts of material in the main to keep material costs down and was developed as part of the ‘catch-up’ curriculum to deliver a varied range of skills and techniques to help prepare students for GCSE. Can be easily used as just a FPT or as an in depth project to suit needs of students.
Pencil Box Project - Skill Building
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Pencil Box Project - Skill Building

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Range of helpsheets to aid students through making a pencil box (or trinket box). Detailed stage by stage photos and drawings of production to help build basic tool skills and promote independence of work. Covers measuring and accuracy, marking out, cutting joints, glueing, surface finish, jigs and guides. Finished with a CAD/CAM lid. Includes basic and advanced version using different techniques, cutting list, photos stage by stage with short clear instructions, stage by stage drawings and details for required jigs and guides. Print and laminate sheets for easy reference and use in workshop.
Mitre Joint Jigs - Laser cut, easy assembly. Assist students marking out angles for common shapes.
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Mitre Joint Jigs - Laser cut, easy assembly. Assist students marking out angles for common shapes.

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2D Design drawings to make a set of Mitre Joint template jigs to help students mark out angles needed for basic shapes when using mitres for a frame. Includes Square/Rectangle, Pentagon, Hexagon and Equilateral Triangle. Drawings can be easily reproduced to the dimensions given and then are ready to laser cut in 6mm MDF. Simple push fit assembly requiring just PVA wood glue. Jigs can be located along wood to be marked and slid into position to aid marking the desired angle without the need to set/change setting of a sliding bevel. Time saving in a busy workshop.
Student friendly guide to produce low voltage child's nightlight/logo light circuit. (*Circuit ONLY)
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Student friendly guide to produce low voltage child's nightlight/logo light circuit. (*Circuit ONLY)

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KS3 complete guide to making a working circuit for a child’s night light or logo light. Incorporates basic electronic components with hints and tips to effectively produce the circuit. Promotes independence of learning through pupil friendly guide that requires little explanation or help to follow. Cost effective circuit requiring only the most basic of electronics equipment. Full list of components and where to connect each of them. Full circuit diagram. Circuit can be easily adapted to include a light dependent resistor for automatic switching on.