What is d.TEC @ the FabLab?

I am a qualified and experienced teacher of design. I have a BA (Hons.) in Graphic Communication and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (specialising in Product Design, Resistant Materials and Systems & Control). I was Second in Charge of a high performing Design Technology Department at an outstanding all boys Grammar School in Sutton and I run the online FabLab Blog. Basically I love to teach students how to design and make cool stuff whether that’s with traditional tools & materials or with modern CAD/CAM software and 3D printers.

I specialise in teaching students intellectual and practical skills at KS3, GCSE, A-level, Diploma and Degree levels in Design and Technology, Resistant Materials, Product Design, and Graphic Design, Advertising and Marketing.

I have over 10 years experience of teaching GCSE, A Level and IB Product Design and Graphic Design at various high performing schools and GCSE, A Level and Degree online.

I have many years of commercial design industry experience, gained in both the UK and Africa, as a Graphic Designer, Advertising Typographer, Photographer and as a Web/New Media Designer.

I’ve worked in state schools, independent day & boarding schools, PRU`s and residential children’s homes catering to boys with SEMH.

D.TEC = Design Technology

We design stuff. [ We use technology. ] We make stuff.


The FabLab is a place where students can come design, create, build, experiment and learn at their own pace (students can also use it to catch up on coursework etc!).  I don’t teach (in the old-fashioned sense) in the FabLab: I facilitate, I open doors and I point students in the right direction. Students need to be enthusiastic, engaged and  independent enough to see opportunities and to grab them. As a “starter for 10” I run 3 projects via the FabLab: VEX IQ Robotics, F1 in Schools and Ant-weight Robots!



You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.


Training in the FabLab is based on doing projects, self-learning and learning from your peers; you’re also expected to contribute to the resources supplied: it is not a free for all!


You are responsible for:

  • Safety: Knowing how to work safely without hurting yourself or other people and without destroying the equipment or machines.
  • Cleaning up: You must leave the Fab Lab cleaner than you found it.
  • Operations: Assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on broken tools, supplies, and accidents.

NB: No copyright or moral infringement intended – if you want me to take anything down, just let me know.

ALL COMMENTS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED BY ME ARE MY OWN and all third-party opinions expressed via Comments and/or Twitter accounts/websites linked to from these pages are those of the individuals concerned and do not represent those of any school, its teachers, its governing body or its affiliates.

NB: No responsibility, explicit or implicit, can be accepted for any action you take, or refrain from taking, as a result of viewing these pages and/or the linked material, including, but not limited to, any supervised or unsupervised practical work you may attempt.