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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 and Connor, from RSA Academy Tipton joined the BCA team this week to improve their CAD and 3d printing skills. Both students were keen to get their hands dirty so we set them a brief to come up with ideas for a wearable piece of technology integrating industrial design technologies available at the office.


The week started with some slight reservations – were they up to the challenge? Any early reservations quickly faded away as the students began mind-mapping their ideas inspired by market research they collected from the Jewellery Quarter (where better?!). With the support of BCA’s Chief Creative Officer, Mitesh Patel, on CAD and our Smart Electronics Expert Garry Bulmer on refining the LED colour display, Tom and Connor took their idea of a safety light for cyclists from sketchbook to 3D printed prototype in just under a week.

Safety Flower 3

Safety Flower 2

Electro Bling 3

Electro Bling

Reflecting on their week, being part of a professional team to develop live projects has been a challenge to their perception of design for manufacture. We hope it was an experience they enjoyed and also learnt new skills from! With some work still to finish, the boys will be back over half term to complete their prototype.



In the meantime, rewarding hard work, we are taking both students to the 3D Printing Show in London to give them a greater understanding of the 3D printing industry.

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