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Age Range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

Investigating batch production 1

Produce a CAD drawing of a design idea

The ‘Engineering Process’ scheme of work provides students with an in-depth understanding of some engineering materials and how they are being developed in industry. This scheme was inspired by the casting process used to make the D3O smart material into a ‘usable’ form. This links to industrial practices such as quality control, standardisation and casting manufacture. It is designed to challenge the students by requiring them to apply the knowledge and understanding of engineering materials through a ‘batch’ production experience.  

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging activity where students design a modular product that could be made in batches using the casting process, and make a mould that could be used to make this product.

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