The first project students will follow in year 7 is one which introduces them to CAD/CAM alongside more traditional hand skills used in working with wood based materials. This project helps them develop confidence in working with a wide range of tools and equipment, whilst teaching about the materials they are working with. The wood based phone holder gets them thinking about the sustainability of materials and how the products we make impact on our planet.
Working with plywood they learn to measure accurately, use templates, cut accurately with gent saws and remove waste materials with chisels and mallets. Knowledge is developed about wood joints and finishing materials and this is applied to their product. To enhance their product, they use CAD software to create a design which is laser etched onto the material.