Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Design and Technology : Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
This course will introduce participants to a range of computer aided design software, contextualised through a consideration of the role of CAD/CAM in professional practice. There will be opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge underpinning best practice in school based computer aided design and manufacture through tutorial based workshops in selected CAD packages. Subsequent work will include computer based analytical techniques and strategies for converting CAD output into prototypes using a range of rapid prototyping and CNC machinery. Participants will be expected to draw these experiences together in the design and development of a quality product using appropriate CAD/CAM technologies.

Content will include:
· 2D and 3D CAD software
· an overview of industrial and commercial practice in CAD/CAM
· Computer aided design processes
· Post processing CAD models and designs
· Computer based simulations and analysis
· Digital printing techniques
· Computer aided manufacturing - laser cutter/CNC router/CNC embroiderer
· Rapid prototyping & soft tooling strategies

Participants will be eligible to gain accredited trainee teacher status in Creo, the latest 3D CAD software available to schools through the Design and Technology Association's CAD/CAM in Schools Initiative. .

Initial Needs Analysis
Before you start the Subject Knowledge Enhancement it will be useful to establish what you already know, don't know and will need to know in order to feel confident enough to teach a discrete area of the Design and Technology curriculum such as CAD/CAM. Please use the following 'initial needs analysis' to carry out an audit of your existing understanding and capability in this area.

Recording your developing capability in CAD/CAM

As a small part of your submission for this module, we will be asking you to record and reflect on how you have begun to build up your skills and knowledge in all aspects of CAD/CAM, both in terms of your own ability and as a result of your observations in school and the wider world.

To do this, how about creating a 'Blog' - if you've not done so before, it's really very simple - and flexible. You can easily add text, images, weblinks and even videos to your blog and editing/updating is very straightforward. Once your blog is up and running, you can view each others blogs and even make constructive contributions.
One of the biggest blogging hosts - and the one we'll be using for this exercise, is run by Google under the name of I've already set up a host blog at incorporating a couple of examples of how it might be used.

For simple instructions on how to set up your blog see the video tutorial below.

The following webpage also includes plenty of useful supporting information.....

As soon as you have created your blog, please apply to follow the host blog ( That way everyones blog will be visible to everyone else in the group.

How To Create A Blog Using Blogger...