The design and technology department at George Abbot features a wide range of manual tools which students can use to create their project work, including metalworking and woodworking lathes.
With CAD/CAM becoming an increasingly important part of the curriculum, the teaching team needed to find a machine capable of fulfilling this requirement that would keep the students engaged with their project work and offer versatility to the curriculum. Design and Technology teacher James Monem had previous knowledge of laser cutters, specifically machines from Trotec. Since laser technology is becoming more commonplace in the D&T workshop, the team at George Abbot decided to look into this as an option to improve the school's facilities.
With machine reliability and local support being a key consideration for the school, they decided to book a demonstration at the local Guildford showroom to see if Trotec could provide a suitable solution. During the demonstration, it became clear that the laser cutter was not only a machine capable of creating complex cuts and engravings with ease, which would save a lot of time for students compared to time intensive creation with manual tools, but it was also a durable piece of equipment that could withstand heavy use within a classroom. Upon reviewing their findings James and the team opted to purchase a Speedy 300 laser engraving machine.
The laser has been a great use for both curriculum based projects and beyond. We use it for a range of activities aside from classroom projects and the machine continues to be an excellent workhorse for the school.