Three-dimensional printing has arrived at Ilkley Grammar School and the school’s design and technology department have been getting to grips with the latest technology in their lessons.
James Kerry, head of design technology, said: “This new technology is set to change the future of manufacturing industries, from household goods to aerospace and medical applications. Students now have the opportunity to create Computer Aided Design files and print them directly as a three- dimensional model.”
One sixth form student, Cameron Smith, has used the 3D printer to bring his model of Gerrit Rietveld’s famous red and blue chair to life.
Mr Kerry added: “It’s a great tool to help the students make the jump from visualising how their CAD model will look to actually being able to touch and feel the real thing.
“We are part of the future and the plan is for design and technology to use this technology with all ‘A’ Level product design students and GCSE resistant materials students.”