Pedestal Drill

January 7th, 2011 → 1:29 pm @

A very common machine in a school workshop is the Pedestal Drill. One of the advantages of using this type of drilling machine is that the hole you drill will be square to the job in two planes. It is very difficult to achieve this with a hand drill. The Pedestal Drill is easier to [...]

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Working Safely and your Major Design Project

May 28th, 2010 → 11:52 pm @

Your folio will naturally contain many photographs of your Major Design Project as it develops. When working in either school or home workshops always make sure you have safety in mind. You need to mention how you observed safety regulations and this should be evident in any photographs you present in your folio. A student [...]

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Anything is possible!

February 21st, 2010 → 11:10 am @

  Anything is possible! One of the questions I regularly receive from Design and Technology Students is asking my advice on the suitability of their proposed Major Design Project. Sometimes the ideas proposed are either going to need very expensive manufacturing equipment or processes which are not available to the average Design and Technology student [...]

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Surface Finishing-Electroplating your Major Design Project

January 23rd, 2010 → 8:05 pm @

Students often choose to use mild steel for the manufacture of their Major Design Project. Mild steel tends to form rust after a very short time and really needs to have a protective surface finish applied. There are a number of surface preparations which include painting, electroplating to mention but a few. Many students may [...]

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Plan your Major Design Project

January 19th, 2010 → 11:16 pm @

Once a concept has been developed by a student there is a tendency to launch head-on into the project without quality planning. What do I mean by quality planning? All aspects need to be planned if you are going to produce a worth while project or innovation. While not compulsory CAD ( computer assisted drawing) [...]

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Getting Started with Arduino

December 16th, 2009 → 3:10 pm @

From time to time students want to use a microprocessor of some type in their Major Design Project. I came across this valuable little book which offers a thorough introduction to the open-source electronics prototyping platform that’s taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for [...]

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Quotes for printing and binding your Major Design Folio

November 29th, 2009 → 1:19 am @

When it comes time to have your Major Design Folio printed, seek the services of a professional printing company. It is a very competitive industry, so do not accept the first quote you receive. Get at least three quotes and you will usually find a very big difference in prices quoted. Any last minute printing [...]

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Making your own solar panels

November 18th, 2009 → 10:50 pm @

Making your own solar panels As most people are aware solar panels are relatively expensive. I was interested in installing solar panels on my home to generate energy and to reduce costs. For about 5 years I have experimented with commercially made solar panels powering small lights for my courtyard and charging batteries for radios. [...]

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