Since the initial purchase of their Speedy 300 laser engraving machine, the students at George Abbot have been able to use the laser cutter for a wide range of different applications, including creating gears and complex mechanisms for larger design and technology projects. The laser is also used by staff to create components and projects for GCSE students and younger students.
The versatility of the laser for processing materials is not the only benefit the laser has brought to the classroom. The live laser head positioning feature helps staff and students alike make the most of their materials, allowing them to see at a glance whether there is enough space on the material to complete a job.
Aside from its core subject, the laser is also used on occasion by Graphics students. Trotec's intuitive JobControl software seamlessly works with a range of graphics programs, including 2D Design, which is favoured by many schools. This means that there is no need for the students to learn a new software and their designs can be easily imported into the laser software.
Alongside its use to support the curriculum, the Trotec laser has also been used for extracurricular activities and by staff within the school. The creation of door signs can now be handled in-house by the staff reducing outsourcing costs. The staff can also cut materials such as plywood and acrylics down to size for each year group before the start of each year. Students have been able to cut components for various activities. This included the Airgeneers project, where students created a plywood obstacle course using the laser. The course was large enough to fill the school assembly hall and students competed on the course using mini-drones.
Reflecting on the experience, James has nothing but positive feedback for Trotec. The team feel that the advice they received helped them to find the optimum machine for their requirements, while the ongoing support, including tips and tricks for making the most of the laser, has helped George Abbot to create a fun and engaging learning experience for students.