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April 19, 2022


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This course, Toys and engineering materials, introduces engineering in context.

It explores the variation in materials and composite materials, and provides real-life examples of material use in the manufacture of toys, and how the development of materials over time has influenced design.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how the development of engineering materials can drive the design process
  • Understand how the introduction of semiconductors made a huge impact on the future of design
  • Understand the impact materials development has had on toy manufacture.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
    • Engineering: a holistic approach 00:10:00
    • Materials use in the manufacture of toys 00:15:00
    • The longevity of wood 00:35:00
    • Versatile plastic 00:10:00
    • Injection moulding 00:15:00
    • Building a tower 00:10:00
    • The application of metal 00:10:00
    • Advantages and disadvantages 00:10:00
    • The introduction of die-cast toys 00:10:00
    • Composite materials 00:10:00
    • The manufacture of tennis racquets 00:15:00
    • Manufacturing composites 00:10:00
    • The introduction of semiconductors 00:05:00
    • Transisters, circuits and batteries 00:10:00
    • The lithium battery 00:10:00
    • The manufacture of lithium ion batteries 00:10:00
    • The hoverboard 00:10:00
    • Designing a toy 00:05:00
    • Conclusion 00:07:00

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