Design and Technology
My Own Personal Yellow Brick Road

Ok, my first post, no pressure then… I’m hoping to use this category in my site to keep a project diary, so you can look forward to reading my random thoughts and musings. Seriously though this project is, for me, the most daunting of the two to be completed this semester. I have little to no […]

These are the initial criteria I have set out for my project, information has been drawn from the SKE17 project outline, sessions with Dean and my own thoughts: To produce a product that can be part of a batch production The product must include some mechanical or electronic or a combination of systems As the product […]

After trawling through several electronics sites and chatting with my insomniac husband (see Lights idea no. 4) I have come up with some cool design ideas that I feel, so far, answer my brief. They fall under two (somewhat disparate!) titles, Lights and Money Boxes. The first thing that came to mind when thinking about […]

Dragon for site

While the dragon’s face is beautiful it would need simplification or I will spen the bulk of my time making the form.

Ok, I have presented my two ideas to the rest of my class and my tutor and have made a decision on the product I will be making. Both ideas were well received however one will be much more achievable in the time scale I have to complete this project. While the dragon money box would be […]

Right, time to set out the details of what I want to achieve: To produce a toy safe using the Tech Supplies keypad kit as a starting point. As stated in my Project Brief the safe needs to be able to be part of a batch production, to this end I need to utilise 2D/3D […]

Almost complete

Right, now I have decided on my product I need to purchase the keypad kit, put it together and make my alterations. The kit comes from a company called Tech Supplies ( and contains the basics I need for making my safe. Before I received my kit I had assumed that the keypad would work by […]

model of the case

Ok, to get my safe to lock I need something to act as a locking mechanism, The Tech Supplies kit is designed to run a solenoid bolt but what is a solenoid?  A solenoid in it’s simplest form is a device that converts electrical energy into mechanical movement. It is a coil of wire that […]