It's a project I run with year 7, to learn about the design cycle, as well as teaching CAD skills, via 2D Design. We usually run this over 6 weeks (12 50 minute lessons)
- to understand the design cycle, and the way that we can use it
- to be able to use 2D Design to create simple design products
- to understand the constraints of the laser cutter
- to understand designing for a client
- to understand the effect of constraints
- to be able to work to a good quality finish
- to understand the limitations and uses of thermoplastics
- to be able to critically evaluate design ideas and completed work
Step 1: Plan out your design
You need to work out how big your design wants to be. We start by looking at just the front of the frame, and then expanding on that to include the other 2 sections - the enclosure for the photo, and the stand.
Ours are constrained by the size of the material each student gets - 90mm wide, by 250mm tall. This has to divide into 3 (2 sections of 90mm and one of 70mm) - 2 sections should be the same size (the frame and the enclosure), and one should be slightly smaller (the stand). We model in paper before jumping onto the computer aided design part, but again, that's all about teaching processes....
Split the 3 sections up, using dashed lines to mark the fold. You'll also need to mark on the gap for the photo, in the middle section. Add in any graphics that you want at this point.
Once this is completed, we print a test copy on paper, to make sure that the designs work, and the measurements are right.