Cutting Edge promotes rapid upskilling in product design and use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to design, prototype and create products from different materials.
The program allows for individual and partner work, developing student capabilities along with their technical skills. As well as product creation, they need to consider how it will be marketed using visual design tools.
• Introduction to the CAD program Adobe Illustrator.
• Use of a laser cutter to prototype a leather product.
Students are given a design brief and work in pairs as designers and end users to plan and design a simple acrylic product, learning CAD skills through Adobe Illustrator.
Then they revisit the process, this time designing and prototyping a product.
Leather product designs are laser cut and student use hand craft and stitching skills to complete their products, mixing traditional leather work skills with new technologies.