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Pumpkin Interactive is the UK’s leading producer of Design and Technology and Textiles DVD educational resources. We specialise in producing high quality, specification relevant D&T and Textiles DVDs for secondary schools and colleges. Our aim is to provide innovative and exciting examples of the very latest industrial practices and processes from around the world. Our titles cover some of the hottest topics: sustainable design, smart material, globalisation and new technologies. 

Each of our educational resources is designed to meet the needs of GCSE and A Level specifications and are developed with the help of expert teacher consultants. We work closely with subject associations like the Design and Technology Association and with awarding bodies. In fact many of our Design and Technology resources are now either endorsed or recommended by all the major UK exam boards, including AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

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CAD/CAM in Textile Manufacturing

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 manufacturers explain how they work in function of new technologies and discuss the benefits CAD/CAM brings to their business.

 

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27 mins

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Designing for the User: Inclusive Design for Graphics & Resistant Materials

Designing for the User: Inclusive Design for Graphics & R...

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 ergonomic and anthropometric data. The resource also explores how designers are responding to the challenges of demographic change and inclusive design. It provides exampl...

32 mins

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Designing with Recycled Materials

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 and washing machines that use parts made from recycled fridge plastic. The DVD also shows how new technology is used to process and convert ...

33 mins

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Ethical Textiles

Ethical Textiles

Filmed in Bangladesh, one of the world's largest textile manufacturers, this resource explores the social cost of our cheap textiles. With footage filmed inside a number of Bangladeshi textile factories, it explores the issues of sweatshop labour, poor working conditions, a fair wage and the right to unionise and asks who is responsible? It then ...

26 mins

£45.00

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HE/FE Network Licence

HE/FE Network Licence

All our titles are available with a full site licence for FE and HE Institutions. If you are an HE or FE Institution and would like to use any of our titles on your network there is a one off payment of £20 per title for a lifetime licence. Please add this product to your order to purchase a site licence.  You will need to buy a site licence for each of the titles you are purchasing.  Please adjust the quantit...


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How Alessi, Postmodernism and Memphis Changed the World

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, and interviews with Alberto Alessi himself, Memphis designer, George Sowden and postmodern architect and designer, Mendi...

35 mins

£49.00

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ICT in Textiles: Design, Practice and Process

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 way they communicate with their global manufacturing partners – from speeding up the design process to improving accuracy and efficiency of production – enabling them to turn...

30 mins

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Industrial Design and Testing: Designing for Innovation and Safety

Industrial Design and Testing: Designing for Innovation a...

A fantastic way to bring real and relevant industrial design into the classroom illustrating some of the considerations designers have to take into account. Footage of physical and virtual tests, filmed at Volvo’s crash testing facility, will provide an excellent starting point for students when testing, evaluating and modifying their own designs. ...

25 mins

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Industrial Dyeing and Printing

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 printing and flocking. The final section looks at how factories manage the environmental impact of their waste products.

 

33 mins

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Interactive, Smart and Modern Textiles

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.  Case studies include: materials used by stuntmen and ballerinas, a handbag that charges your phone, piezo-electric...

42 mins

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Product Design & Mass Manufacture: Design Optimization

Product Design & Mass Manufacture: Design Optimization

Explains the design process within one easy context, from client brief to finished product. It shows how designers; work to budget, meet consumer needs, research existing products and use primary and secondary data. It explores the role of aesthetics and function, the importance of ergonomics and anthropometrics and the benefits of using CAD/CAM ...

25 mins

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Product Design, Testing and Modification: Trunki

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 the BBC Dragon’s Den test, but thanks to further testing and modification it’s now taking the world by storm. We film with the product designer...

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Smart Graphic Products

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 and safety signage that incorporate phosphorescent and fluorescent paints and inks, and photochromic dyes that are used ...

30 mins

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Smart Resistant Materials

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 are both now and in the future. Case studies include; shape memory alloys and thermochromatic plastics, as well as QTC and how it...

35 mins

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Smart Textiles: The Next Generation

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 innovative textile companies, this programme explores the properties, characteristics and functions of these new materials and shows how they are being used to ...

57 mins

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Sustainable and Recycled Textiles

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 from recycled airline seats and high fashion tailoring created from second hand shop finds. The DVD also shows jute sacks being reprocessed into fibres then man...

34 mins

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Sustainable Design (Volvo): Life Cycle Assessment

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 emissions, reducing energy consumption and minimising waste to reduce the carbon footprint of their cars during manufacture, use and at “end of...

26 mins

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Testing Textiles

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 and Blacks, it shows industrial textiles testing laboratories and includes footage and clear explanations of tests for flammability, abrasion and pilling, ...

33 mins

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Textiles Mass Production: Systems and Techniques

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 marking up, including straight and rotating blade cutters, computerized laser cutting tables and hot drill. It covers assembly, us...

27 mins

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Textiles: Eco-Design

Textiles: Eco-Design

As lead designers for Finisterre, Tom and Debbie are on a mission – to create the most eco-friendly surf-wear brand in the world. From their HQ in Cornwall to fabric suppliers in Japan and manufacturers in Portugal, we follow the pair as they explain how they reduce the environmental and ethical impact of their clothes by considerin...

26 mins

£49.00

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Textiles: Environmental Impacts

Textiles: Environmental Impacts

Filmed in Bangladesh and in the UK, this resource assesses the environmental impacts of the textile industry both here and abroad. It looks at how companies in the UK are working to meet government targets to reduce their environmental impact by using state of the art water recycling plants and by making better use of their waste streams. The res...

26 mins

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Textiles: Industrial Finishing Processes

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 then goes on to look at how the range of finishes now available is creating ever more technical materials, enhancing the...

30 mins

£49.00

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