3D Modelling Using SOLIDWORKS

The project is designed to encourage students to work in teams to find their own solution to the business challenge

3D Modelling Using SOLIDWORKS

The project was developed by Thomas Dudley and Highfields School as part of the Skills Gap Programme.  It involves developing solutions to a given ‘industrial-referenced’ brief, set by the business, focusing on 3D modelling and prototyping, and was delivered to Y8 students.

Before downloading the complete set of teaching resources, you can download and view the project overview document below. This will enable you to see the whole learning journey and a summary of each individual activity.

Project Description

The project is designed to encourage students  to work in teams to find  their own solution to the business challenge.  The process includes developing a 3D model and  rapid prototyped product as a possible solution, culminating in a final presentation to an expert panel in which students outline their design thinking throughout the prototype development stage.

Key Skills: 3D modelling software (SOLIDWORKS); rapid prototyping (3D printer);time-management

Course Overview

The project overview document gives an outline of the whole project and brief detail of the supporting resources available to help deliver each lesson. Download this first to see what's included. You can then download the separate modules - a total of 6 learning activities, representing approximately 14 hours teaching. Alternatively download the whole project. File sizes are large and this can take some time.

  • Module 1. The industrial context

    Introduction for students to understand the requirements of the brief and the processes and production methods used by Thomas Dudley.

    Time: 2-3 hours
    Key Material: ppt; task sheet

  • Module 2. Exploring the task

    Students are supported to research the requirements of the brief in detail and explore how industry tackles a design brief.

    Time: 1.5 hours
    Key Material: ppt with video clips; task sheet; pdf guides for design process; assembly and pro-forma

  • Module 3. Initial ideas

    The module examines how industry tackles a design process and supports students in exploring possible ideas through 3D modelling.

    Time: 1.5 hours
    Key Material: ppt; task sheet

  • Module 4. 3D modelling

    Students are guided to understand the role and process of prototyping in industry and develop skills and understanding in SOLIDWORKS CAD software.

    Time: 3-4 hours or more depending on pupil ability
    Key Material: ppt with video clips;SOLIDWORKS tutorial notes; student examples

  • Module 5. Rapid prototyping

    The session revolves around producing a first prototype using rapid prototyping.

    Time: 1.5 hours
    Key Material: ppt with video clips; task sheet; student examples folder

  • Module 6. The pitch

    Students are supported to understand what makes a good pitch; design and make the concept boards necessary for the presentation; prepare the pitch ready for the final presentation.

    Time: 3-4 hours
    Key Material: ppt; student examples folder

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