BBC Two: Big Life Fix – Sheep Rustling

Deterring Sheep Rustlers With Smartphones and Security Ink Thousands of sheep are stolen every year in the UK, at a cost of millions to the industry. Trying to prevent theft is seemingly impossible, as an average farm can easily total

BBC Two: Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve

Hosted by Simon Reeve, Big Life Fix sees a collective of builders, designers, engineers and computer geeks aim to use science to change the lives of British people who have problems that are either too specific, bespoke, or too expensive

Electrical Power Hacking for Developing Countries


Practical Action is a charity working to increase people’s access to energy through low-cost ‘off-grid’ electricity supplies. DesignSpark bought together 15 engineers to explore news ways of delivering electricity and optimising the use of it. They called it Power Hack!   I was

To Infinity and Beyond!


Making a £10 Correx SpacePod. This is a picture of a Superman Figurine being ejected from a SpacePod in Space! The project was for Mattel Toys to put Superman up to the edge of space, similar to that done by

Card Rabbet Tool: Make Great Models Even Faster!

Quick Links: CAD Files & Instructions If you are familiar with Design Modelling, you will have seeing various techniques that allow you to work with cardboard such as these: You’ll have even seen how this has enabled awesome prototypes, in

Modeller’s Delight: Under Desk Tool Drawer


Made from recycled kitchen cabinet runners, this draw for tools in not only slim, but can also be easily reconfigured, as it has interchangeable sections, to evolve with your modelling requirements. Aside from appealing to the obsessive-compulsive in many designers,

2 Articles Featured in Makezine!


Although some return visitors to this site may be familiar with the Ergo Mouse Project, this was not only on the front cover of Make: online, but also in the printed version of the Magazine, Issue 38 (March 2014). However,

Cardboard BoomBox with Bare Conductive’s new Touch Board


To celebrate the launch of my good friends at Bare Conductive’s new Touch Board launching on Kickstarter – I helped create a working BoomBox out of cardboard!     Firstly, this was a great way to show how a 2D sketch could

Podcast on Engineer Vs Designer


Interviewed by Josh and Adam from Engineer Vs Designer. As you might expect this is exactly the kind of place I enjoy being – between the brutal engineering reality and the fluffy designerly dreaming… Check out previous episodes which range

Card to CAD: Creating ‘Print-A-Filter’


Experiments in encapsulating objects mid-print. Much of the Design Modelling website currently revolves around using simple and cheap materials to create prototypes – often as a precursor to more expensive processes like 3D printing – and in time, manufacturing processes.

At the launch of the world’s first parametric CAD software, physical prototyping and CAD models work in conjuction – quite literally…


[19 Sept 2013] I’m reporting live from in Manchester, at the launch of the world’s first parametric CAD software – DesignSpark Mechanical by RS Components (UK) and Allied Electronics (US). They have gathered 4 teams of experts from multiple disciplines

Brighton Mini Maker Faire:Aero-Wind-Tunnels, ‘Hot Glue’ Zine and a T-Rex!


After a warm reception exhibiting at first Mini Maker Faire at E&C London, I was keen to follow-up with some Design Modelling workshops… luckily Brighton Mini Maker Faire was going to be the first Maker Faire to try running workshops


HowDo is a fantastic Application that allows you to capture the key steps of a process you are working on or have created. It does this by allowing you to take a quick image and then record your voice afterwards



HowDo  is a fantastic Application that allows you to capture the key steps of a process you are working on or have created. It does this by allowing you to take a quick image and then record your voice afterwards

Removing a Component with a Solder Pump

Dust and VOCs

Gluing Foam

Sanding Filler on Foam

Filler on Foam

Files on Foam