Year 10 Resistant Materials - The Clock Project

The Task

Everyday life revolves around the use of time.
Design a stylish clock in acrylic and wood to go in a particular room in your home. The shape of the clock will be based upon a theme of your own choice and the department will provide the clock mechanism. The clock may either be free standing or fixed to the wall.


1. You may use a number of pieces of coloured acrylic.
2. You may use a combination of hardwoods and softwoods.
3. The clock body will have to be accurately drilled to hold the clock mechanism.
4. The acrylic must be edge treated to create a polished finish.
5. The shape of the body must be based upon a theme of your choice.
6. The product must have a good standard of finish.


1. A number of initial ideas based upon a theme.
2. A working drawing of the clock body including the mechanism. This will include a front view, side view and plan.
3. A cutting list of all materials needed with sizes.
4. Paper templates of all parts.
5. A diary of all practical works with industrial processes.
6. A time plan of practical work.

Extension Work

1. Design and make a holder for the mechanism at the back of the clock body.
2. Using a spreadsheet show the costing of the project including materials, the mechanism, glues, fixtures and fitments.

Where might I get help / Source material?

The school library to decide upon a theme.
Examine clocks in your home.
Examine clocks in magazines.
If the clock is to be made for someone other than you ask them what theme or shape they would prefer.

Programmes Of Study References

3a To develop and use design briefs and detailed specifications;
3b To anticipate and design for product maintenance, where appropriate;
3l To ensure that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users.
4a To match materials and components with tools, equipment and processes;
4b To use tools and equipment accurately and efficiently to achieve an appropriate fit and finish and reliable functioning in products that match the specification;
4c A range of industrial applications for a variety of familiar materials and processes;
4k To apply and devise test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical points during development, and to indicate ways of improving it;
4l To ensure through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users.
5a How materials are cut, shaped and formed to designated tolerances;
5b How materials can be combined and processed to create more useful properties, and how these properties are utilised in industrial contexts;
5c How materials are prepared for manufacturing, allowing for waste and fine line finishing;
5d About a variety of self-finishing and applied finishing processes, and to appreciate their importance
For aesthetics and functional reasons;
5e That to achieve the optimum use of materials and components, account needs to be taken of the complex interrelations between material, form and intended manufacturing processes;
5f How pre-manufactured standard components are used to improve the effectiveness of the manufacturing processes.
7 Products and applications
Pupils should be taught to relate workings and functions of a wide range of products and applications to:
7a The intended purpose of the product;
7b The components available for use in the product;
7c The choice of materials and components and the way in which they have been used;
8 Quality
Pupils should be taught to distinguish between the quality of design and quality of manufacture, and use further criteria and techniques that help them judge the quality of a product including:
8d Its impact beyond the purpose for which it was intended, e.g. the impact on the environment;
8e How far it meets manufacturability and maintenance requirements.