CAD/CAM & ICT
In recent years we have made a significant investment in the areas of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacture). All new boys coming into the Department complete a course which aims to make them proficient in the use of industry-standard CAD software, vinyl-cutting, laser-cutting and video-editing. Beyond the first year CAD/CAM forms an integral part of all our courses and is available for boys to use as appropriate.
The Department makes use of both Apple Macintosh and Windows platforms which are fully integrated with the School’s extensive network infrastructure. The Computer-Aided Design suite employs high specification iMacs producing CAD geometry for the various output devices, including CNC machining centres, plotters, laser cutters, and printers.
From the outset, boys are encouraged to use CAD as appropriate in their design work. Ashlar Velum’s product design software – Cobalt – is installed on machines throughout the Department. Boys also use a wide range of other industry-standard desktop digital-imaging software, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
The range of CAM hardware includes vinyl-cutters, plotters, PCB engravers, CNC lathes, CNC mills, and laser-cutting and engraving.
ICT has long been a part of what we do in D&T. Boys are encouraged to employ ICT skills as appropriate in the production of their portfolios. As with CAD/CAM, we do not see ICT as standing alone in the curriculum, but rather as an integral part of Design and Technology.