[Design and Technology] destech Digest, Vol 146, Issue 4

Brendan D'Arcy B.DArcy at kardinia.vic.edu.au
Wed Apr 26 12:55:16 AEST 2017

Hi John,

It's great to hear that you are progressing with technology at your school. For Product Design classes, at our school, we use Google Sketchup with our Laser Cutter and we have just purchased a CNC machine to be installed later this week. 

In systems Engineering and other Design Tech classes we use Fusion 360 as our main CAD program. Students use online tutorials that we find on You Tube, or Autodesk. After completing 2 designs from tutorials, we then ask the students to begin creating their own models. They usually pick up the concepts pretty quickly with our help.

Basically, whatever CAD software you choose, you need to be comfortable with teaching it. My preference is Fusion 360 - it is simple to learn and has some awesome advanced functions available to use.
However, the product design teachers are very experienced with SketchUp, so they prefer to use that.

Laser Cutter: 80w, CO2, 900x600mm cutting bed. We purchased this from ebay for around $8000 (5 years ago). It cuts through wood, glass, plastics, stone, cardboard. You can find them on ebay.
Still going strong after heavy use. Some re-calibrating is required at times.
Something like this: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100W-CO2-LASER-ENGRAVING-CNC-ROTARY-AXIS-WOOD-WORKING-900X600MM-CUTTER-POPULAR-/332044420070?hash=item4d4f63c3e6:g:tzIAAOSwcUBYOVMR

CNC router machine: redsail RS6090s - can't speak about performance, I haven't seen it in action yet. A colleague has done the purchasing.


Brendan D'Arcy
Senior School Teacher
Department Head - Design & Systems Technology

Kardinia International College
PO Box 17, Geelong, Victoria, 3220, Australia
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Hi my name is John, I teach Product design and Technology (wood) to years 9,10,11 and 12.
I am hoping to purchase a CNC or Laser cutter for the school in the next year. I have however, very little skill in using CAD programs. I was hoping someone could suggest a good program (i.e. Fusion 360, Auto desk, google sketch up, etc?) that would be able to work with one of these machines that I would be able to teach my self or do a course in to help me up skill. I would also be teaching the students to use the program as well.

Further to this if anyone has any suggestions/preference/experience with either a laser cutter or CNC machine that would be great.

Kind regards.

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