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3D Printed Scalextric Car

  This maker project is geared at 3D printing a car. With Jeremy Clarkson currently out of action, we’ve got a 3D printing project for all of you petrol heads. Our Chief Creative Officer, Mitesh Patel, has put us in 5th gear to design, build, and 3D print a...

3D Printing Case Study

Want to have a better understanding on how 3D printing can help your school and students? Watch this video and see what our clients think of our courses   How to get started: We know that most D and T teachers are “hands on” so we created a unique opportunity for...

What students and staff say about 3D Printing

Sir Thomas Freemantle School has been reviewing their 3D printing and laser cutting programme and they have received lots of positive feedback from both staff and students. Teachers have enjoyed the opportunity to work with industry professionals through the support...

THE 3D Printing education event is coming soon

TCT Inspired Minds 2017 Successful student program TCT Inspired Minds re-launches for 2017 designed to inspire the next generation of engineers with hands-on experience of 3D technologies. BCA is delighted to announce that the TCT Inspired Minds program will return at...

Your students’ 3D printing journey starts here

If you want to give your students a head start for D and T GCSEs/Tech Awards next year, this certified course can be a great way to get ahead… Try 3D Printing Course For Free Name Email Address Telephone Number Best time to call Your School or College Message...

How to motivate your students by organising a 3D printing competition

If you have been doing the same projects for a long time, and you’re looking for a way to get your learners interested in the classroom, organise a 3D Printing competition at your school this year to get them motivated to succeed and win! They will learn modern...

3D Printing from a headmasters perspective

Let Thomas Lyon, the headmaster of Sir Thomas Fremantle Secondary School answer those questions you have been dying to ask: What are the benefits of introducing 3D printing to students at your school? How will working with BCA help your School? What are the next steps...

3D Printing can be really exciting to teach

We receive lots of questions from D and T teachers who wonder what it’s like to teach 3d printing, so we asked Helen, at Thomas Fremantle Secondary School to answer some of these questions on video, from a teacher’s perspective… Try 3D Printing...

3D Printing Course – How It Works

3D Printing Course – How Does It Work? With so many people talking about 3D printing in schools it can be challenging to separate the facts from the myths and create an experience that is exciting, engaging and fully rounded to equip your learners with the...

Exciting, Motivational, Inspiring 3D Scanning Course

If you are looking for an exciting, motivational, inspiring 3D scanning course for your students which can help prepare them for D and T GCSE or Technical Award and leads to certification, this is for you… Try 3D Printing Course For Free Name Email Address Telephone...

Educational advantages of 3D printing in schools

Are you making full use of the educational advantages of 3D printing in your school? 3D printing is an exciting and innovative technology, with multiple creative and practical applications, but the take up of 3D printing in schools is often limited, pedestrian or non...

Smart Product Design and Manufacture: What It Means

Inspire the less academically able to become the next generation of designers and engineers… Hear from students exactly what they’re getting out of the  Smart Product Design Technical Award, and the reasons they chose to study it. Watch our latest video...

Smart Product Design and Manufacture: How It Works

Discover how the SPDM Technical Award works in practice, from D and T teacher Fiona… Download our white paper now to see our in-depth comparison between Design and Technology GCSE and Technical Awards, including a review of the differences between the...

Welcome to Black Country Atelier’s world

Join us in our quest to create the future of Smart Product Design and Manufacturing education… Real world, practical, rigorous Technical Award, certified to get League Table Points for your school, prepare your students for a fulfilling career in the age of...

Design and Technology in schools get real

Graphic Novel Using Digital Design and Technology BCA’s latest collaboration with the RSA Academy has seen us work with them on their latest REAL.Project (rigourous. engaging authentic. learning.). Project overview REAL.Projects is a design for learning that connects...

Design and Technology In Schools Get REAL

Graphic Novel Using Digital Design and Technology BCA’s latest collaboration with the RSA Academy has seen us work with them on their latest REAL.Project (rigourous. engaging authentic. learning.). Project overview. REAL.Projects is a design for learning that connects...

MAKER PROJECT OF THE WEEK: 3D PRINTED ‘STORAGE’ PET JEFF

Young Makers up and down the country are doing their exams this week, so our veteran designers are back to help you stay organised with this 3D printed ‘storage’ pet. This week’s Maker Project: 3D printed “storage” pet – helping to keep your tools and desk tidy. This...

YOUNG MAKER PROJECT OF THE WEEK: WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY (PART 2)

This week we bring you part 2 of our Young Maker Project: Wearable technology by RSA Academy students on work experience with BCA. This week’s Young Maker Project: Wearable technology integrating Arduino and 3D printing by RSA Academy work experience students....

ST MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEARN 3D PRINTING IN LONDON

Surprisingly the roads were quiet on route to London. This Bank Holiday Monday BCA set up a classroom for 40 students in the capital ready for St Mary’s Catholic School. That rare occasion when students come together and are excited to learn new skills in...

YOUNG MAKER PROJECT OF THE WEEK: WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY (Part 1)

This week we bring you another Young Maker Project: Wearable technology by RSA Academy students on work experience with BCA. This weeks Young Maker Project: Wearable technology integrating Arduino and 3D printing by RSA Academy work experience students. Students, Tom...

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: EXPLORING 3D PRINTING WITH 3dPrintingIreland.com

With over 17 years of experience in the 3D Industry – 3dPrintingIreland.com have all the experience needed to bring a 3D project to life. This week we have been talking with Eoin from 3dPrintingIreland.com about their work in 3D.  BCA: What is your profession?...

TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK: GIVE YOURSELF A HELPING HAND WHEN SOLDERING

In a world of new emerging technology, it is important that students are able not only to understand the technology they use everyday, but are also able to build and fix them as well. Soldering is one of many skills that will help students to do just that. Our teacher...

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: BECOMING AN ‘ENDLESS SUPPLY’ GRAPHIC DESIGNER

An Endless Supply is a graphic design studio based in Birmingham, UK, organised by Harry Blackett & Robin Kirkham. This week we’ve been talking with Robin Kirkham about his work in Graphic Design using technology. BCA: What does a typical day look like at...

MAKER PROJECT OF THE WEEK: CODING WITH COLOURED SMARTIES

Should coding and design be parted? In a smart-ies move, electronics, coding and product design have come together to help students explore new skills and gain a deeper understanding of “smart product design” – the integrated approach to technology...

Industry Insight: Becoming an Architect with Katie Miller

Birmingham based Katie Miller is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant at BPN architects located in Jewellery Quarter. Katie is fascinated by forms and finds the aspirations of the designers inspirational.   This week we have been talking with Katie Miller about her work...

RSA ACADEMY: Exhibit their influential calligrams

Pupils from RSA Academy were given the chance to Design, Laser Cut and Exhibit their Calligrams during a one day exhibition at our BCA studio in Birmingham. Who is the most influential person you  can think of – someone who is (laser) cut above the rest and what...

GEMS school lead 3D Printing in Middle East

GEMS Wellington International School has become the first school in the Middle East to take part in BCA’s accredited Additive Manufacturing education programme. Over the next few months GEMS students will be embarking on their first 3D printing journey including...

Industry Insight: Laser Cut Jewellery with Designer Li-Chu Wu

Li-Chu is a Taiwanese jewellery designer and maker from Birmingham. She specializes in one-off bespoke pieces, and uses smart technology to create intricate and unique forms and layers. This week we’ve been talking with with Li-Chu about her work using laser...

BCA welcomes school from Kuwait to the world of 3D

Students from The English School Falaheel, Kuwait were welcomed to a BCA 3D printing workshop at the Dragon Hall in London, introducing them to 3D CAD, 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies. Another inspiring 3D CAD, 3D Printing and 3D Scanning workshop has been...

Teacher Tip of the week: Pause (Part 2)

We have some serious chocoholics in our office. So this week we show you another nifty trick you can achieve using the Pause tool on your 3D printer to stop those would-be chocolate thieves. Our teacher tip of the week: Pause and insert found objects inside your 3D...

Maker Project of the Week: 3D printed headset

With summer around the corner – it can only mean one thing! Holiday! Check out our maker project of the week – a fold-able 3D printed headset for all you jet-setters keen on compact travel-light products. Most “affordable” headsets (the ones...

Industry Insight: The Art of 3D Scanning with Simon and Tom Bloor

Simon and Tom Bloor are Modernist artists from Birmingham whose work fuses smart technology with traditional hand made practices referencing to play, creativity and the environment. Simon and Tom include exhibitions and projects at South London Gallery, Modern Art...

Teacher Tip of the week: Pause mid-print and take a tea break

Ever needed to stop a print mid-way? Whether you want to break a long 3D print into two or more sessions, or explore “multicolour” printing, the Pause function is a versatile and often under-explored function in your 3D printing toolbox. Our teacher tip of the week:...

Maker Project of the Week: Coat peg

The Sun is finally out here in Birmingham – so hang up your coats and enjoy the rays! Our maker project of the week is a nifty coat peg we designed and printed in less than an hour, so you can keep your coats high and dry while you stay cool. Our office has a...

Industry Insight: The Art of Technology with Juneau Projects

Since 2001, Phil Duckworth and Ben Sadler have been working together under the name – Juneau Projects – fusing new technology into their art and music projects. This week, we’ve been fortunate to quiz Phil and Ben about their recent screen print...

Maker Project of the Week: Easter Bunny

The Easter weekend is fast approaching. There are not many chocolate eggs left in the shops so David Brannon, Instructional Designer, at BCA, has been developing his own Easter gift with a 3D printing twist! David set to work by using the free Autodesk software,...

Industry Insight: Dr Bill Bigge’s 3D printer robot for Space

Each week, BCA will share industry insights from leading companies and experts that use Smart technologies such as 3D printing, Smart electronics, coding and laser cutting. This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Bill Bigge where he speaks to us about his...

Teacher Tip of the week: Ensure the filament can move continuously

Print failures and 3D print nozzle clogging can easily be avoided through a meticulous set up and making sure filament can move continuously. See our tips below on how you can make your own filament holder! Our teacher tip of the week: Ensure the filament can move...

UK’s Youngest Smart Designers – 3D Printing for primary schools

Last week, David Brannon, BCA’s instructional designer kicked off an ambitious project with Clifton-upon-Teme Primary School in Worcester to give our youngest ever group access to the latest digital technology. Children as young as 9 will be learning 3D printing,...

Maker Project of the Week: 3D printed footballer

What do you get when you combine football, 3D scanning and 3D printing? Our Maker Project of the Week has the answer! Led by Chief Creative Officer – Mitesh (Tez) Patel,  BCA have customised a foosball (football) table player using 3D scanning and 3D printing...

Teacher Tip of the week: Calibrate your 3D printer z-height!

Each week BCA experts will be revealing useful tips for teachers, students, work groups and support staff to achieve best design and technology practice for the classroom. We’ll cover areas from 3D printers, electronics, laser cutting, 3D CAD cheats through to...

Maker Project of the Week: 3d printed speaker horn

Each week we will be sharing with you our  “Maker Project of the Week” where we showcase what our BCA designers and makers have been tinkering away with in the workshop. This week, BCA’s Chief Creative Officer – Mitesh Patel has been busy...

BCA 3D printing at The Big Bang Fair 2015

        BCA will be showing visitors our new exciting 2015 curriculum – covering 3D Printing, 3D Scanning and Smart Product Design and Manufacture at The Big Bang Fair from 11th to 14th March. We are glad to be back this year to help educate...

BCA & Ultimaker at EICM

BCA will be at Education Innovation conference in Manchester as part of the Ultimaker CREATE education project. In an effort to drive technology and constructive creativity in education, BCA and Ultimaker will showcase the real benefits of 3D printing in all subjects...

Celebrate your school trip with 3D printed momentoes

BCA ran a 3D printing workshop this Friday with St Thomas More School as part of a school trip to London. Working with a talented GCSE group, BCA’s very own Jing Lu showed students the basics of 3D CAD design and 3D printing before unleashing them to create...

Smart electronics and coding curriculum led by Garry from BCA

Garry Bulmer, long time expert in the field of computing – especially Arduinos and embedded computing – has been introducing electronics and coding to BCA schools. This week Garry was at Sir Thomas Fremantle School, a Free School in Buckinghamshire, to...