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  • Product Design, Testing and Modification: Trunki
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    Product Design, Testing and Modification: Trunki

    Designing products that meet rigorous safety standards is an increasingly important skill – especially when it comes to products used by children. Trunki, the child’s pull along suitcase, may have failed...
  • Pumpkin Interactive DVD resource on Smart Textiles.  Includes teaching notes and student activities. case studies of medical textiles, geo-textiles, QTC
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    Smart Textiles: The Next Generation

      New technology and processes are combining with traditional textiles to create a new generation of smarter, more technical products than ever before. Filmed with some of the world's most...
  • Designing with Recycled Materials

    This resource looks at why and how specific plastics are recycled, regenerated and tested to fulfil the required characteristics for modern sustainable products. Includes: a chair made from Sony Playstations...
  • Textiles: Industrial Finishing Processes

    This resource looks at the different types of industrial finishes available and their applications. It explores the reasons for finishing, and when and why different processes might be used. It...
  • Designing for the User: Inclusive Design for Graphics & Resistant Materials

     Learn how to create products that meet user need and are inclusive. Designers explain how they: research their market; consider the values and needs of their users and work with...
  • Smart Resistant Materials

    With extraordinary access to the latest research and development, this resource explores cutting edge smart materials finding out how they are made, how they work and what their potential applications...
  • How Alessi, Postmodernism and Memphis Changed the World
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    How Alessi, Postmodernism and Memphis Changed the World

    A guide through the sometimes diverse ideas, designs and innovations that developed during the postmodern era. Includes footage filmed at the Alessi factory and museum and other Milan design houses,...
  • Smart Graphic Products

    This DVD examines the properties, characteristics and applications of some of the smart materials used in the graphics industry. Case studies include labels and packaging that use thermochromic inks, emergency...
  • Interactive, Smart and Modern Textiles
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    Interactive, Smart and Modern Textiles

    Wearable electronics, textiles that generate power and smart and modern materials like Kevlar, Nomex and D30 are all covered in this resource that looks at their characteristics, functions and applications....
  • Textiles Mass Production: Systems and Techniques

    This resource provides numerous examples of commercial production methods and systems, including job, batch, quantity/mass production and JIT. It includes examples of both hand and digitized pattern laying, cutting and...
  • Industrial Dyeing and Printing

    This resource provides clear explanations and footage of: dye recipes being developed and tested in the laboratory; industrial printing methods including flat-bed, carousel and roller screen-print, as well as transfer...
  • Testing Textiles

    This resource looks at the different tests fabrics and products have to undergo before they hit the shelves. Using examples from high street retailer, New Look and outdoor specialists, Millets...
  • ICT in Textiles: Design, Practice and Process

    This resource looks at the impact of new technology on the global fashion and textile industry. A top fashion design house shows how ICT, CAD and CAM has revolutionised the...
  • Pumpkin Interactive DVD resource on the use of CAD/CAM in Textile manufacturing
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    CAD/CAM in Textile Manufacturing

     This resource looks at how CAD/CAM is transforming all sections of the textile industry, from digital printing and embroidery to knitting and laser cutting. For each case study, designers and...
  • Sustainable and Recycled Textiles

    This resource shows how textile designers are meeting the challenge from government and consumers to meet the 6Rs. Case studies include: shoes made from old tyres and seatbelts; bags made...
  • Sustainable Design (Volvo): Life Cycle Assessment

      This programme provides a thorough insight into how industry is adapting its design and manufacturing methods to consider social, moral and ethical implications. It demonstrates how Volvo are: eliminating...
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