Manufacturing and evaluation of their own products

Product Manufacture –

Cutting, shaping, forming, designated tolerances,

Quality control and quality assurance.

Evaluate quality of personal project work and devise modifications that will improve products.

Safety – the relevance of safety within regard to themselves, the manufacturer and the product user.

Undertake simple tests to ensure that the products are safe for the specific user group they are designed for.

The importance of risk assessment.

Evaluation techniques

Why product evaluation is important to ongoing product development, the role of end-users others play, identify ways in which products can be tested and evaluated, test outcomes against original specification, produce summative evaluation of their final outcomes against specification.

Health and Safety Issues

Recognise hazards, understand risk assessment and take steps to control risks to themselves and others, legislation, symbols and signs relating to quality assurance endorsed by recognised authorities.



CA –


CA – Assessment

Making – Final outcome(s) shows a high level of making/modelling/finishing skills and accuracy

Selected and used appropriate tools, materials and/or technologies including, where appropriate, CAM correctly, skilfully and safely

Worked independently to produce a rigorous and demanding outcome

Quality controls are evident throughout the project and it is clear how accuracy has been achieved.

The outcome has the potential to be commercially viable and is suitable for the target market

Evaluating –  Detailed testing and evaluation as appropriate throughout the designing and making process taking account of client/user or third party opinion

All aspects of the final outcome have been tested against the design criteria and/or the product/manufacturing specification
Evaluate and justify the need for modifications to the product and consideration given as to how the outcome might need to be modified for commercial production




Evolution of Product Design –

Design movements –

Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Modernism, De Stijl, Memphis, Post Modernism.

Product Marketing –

Branding and advertising.

Promotion – leaflets, flyers, point of sale, packaging, digital media.

Human Factors

social , economic and ethnic groups – disabled, elderly, religious groups.

Working triangles, productions lines, assembly lines.

Consumer Issue –

Consumer groups


Standards agencies (BSI,ISO etc)

Manufacturing Systems

Understand that commercial manufacturing is a system, or group of sub-systems which requires:  special buildings, organisation of people, risk assessment and compliance with health and safety, efficient working methods, QA procedures and quality control checks……

Methods of production

Scales of production

CAD/CAM – consistency

Use of ICT –

JIT, Video conferencing, software sharing, stock control, data transfer, remote manufacturing, CNC,

CAD/CAM – accuracy, repeatability, efficiency.



Exam technique.

Critical analysis and evaluation skills
Ability to link ideas to the real world.





Exam prep

How to answer extended questions.
Work on pre-release material.  Released March



Exam Technique
Gaps in knowledge – personalised revision.