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Gardening tool functional prototype

Gardening tool functional prototype

Prototyping was used so that each feature of the device could be user tested to ensure functionality. This was manufactured to accurately reflect the performance of the finished product.

Anti-vibration part holding device

Anti-vibration part holding device

A jig that I designed and manufactured during my placement, created to be mounted to a drill press. This was designed to stabilise the part while being drilled and is used within the injection moulding production line.

Andy Russell

Enjoying more mechanically based projects, I am a keen designer with a genuine interest in design for manufacture and taking projects from concept to finish.

My final year at Loughborough has given me an opportunity to combine all the skills developed at university and on placement into a few key projects. My strengths include problem solving, having great attention to detail and a sound, working knowledge of SolidWorks. I also have experience of using other software such as AutoDesk Inventor and Vero Visi, KeyShot, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office.

I would like to build upon all the skills I have gained to date by working alongside professionals within the industry to constantly improve and further develop as a designer.


An investigation into industrial level 3D printing, applications and limitations

Final year project

Adaptable tool to aid gardeners


'20 Diploma in Professional Studies


My placement year at Rutland Plastics, an injection moulding company, helped me build my knowledge and experience around designing for manufacture as well as exposure to working within a design engineering team. This involved creating solutions to problems on demand and being able to manufacture and complete projects all on site, seeing them from start to finish.


September 2018 - August 2019

Design Engineer, Rutland Plastics