Wow...That's Helpful! TechSoft are keenly aware that Design and Technology in Primary Schools
brings an entirely new set of challenges. Software has to be easy to master
and must quickly prove itself to be exciting and motivating, especially
where content is taught within themes that have their own learning
priorities. We have listened carefully to teachers and have taken a long
hard look at our well-established Primary Design programme with a clear aim
to make it the most helpful, versatile and easy-to-use drawing package you
could wish for. The result is 2D Primary and we reckon it’s something with
enough ‘wow’ to see it being used for Design and Technology and much more
Most simple ‘paint’ packages work by colouring dots (pixels) on the
screen - this looks OK and you can print out the drawing, but that’s
about all. 2D Primary is a ‘vector’ package and every line and shape you
draw will have a unique mathematical identity defined in terms of
coordinates and geometry. You won’t be aware of this when designing, but
it means that drawings can be edited, dimensioned and output to a CAM
machine. Printed copy will be exactly the right size and not scaled to
fit the page. This is the way that most commercial Graphic and Computer
Aided Design packages work, so 2D Primary is a great preparation for
future learning and provides pupils and teachers with powerful new tools
at KS2. The software uses a familiar Windows interface and is logical
and easy to use, so pupils and teachers will quickly be up to speed.
2D Primary can’t be beaten for making accurate project
plans. These can include dimensions and can be ‘filled’ in flat colour,
shaded (or graduated) colour, or even photo-images of the material they will
be made from. Plans can be printed onto label paper to make accurate
templates, or pages can be bordered, titled and printed onto regular paper
as a record for design folders.
2D Primary makes a great graphic design tool as well. Text, photographs and
accurate drawings can all be combined making it ideal for presentation
pages, or for creating posters and leaflets. We’ve been careful not to
overload the software with too many tools but have included simple ways to
change photo-images and trim them to size and shape.
You don’t need to be aware of the geometry working for you
under the surface of 2D Primary, to be able to create accurate drawings, but
it is there and if you want to focus on numeracy then why not? Many Primary
schools find it the ideal package to support pupil’s learning in
mathematics; shape, space, pattern, size and number. Using 2D Primary to
design presentation pages could, of course, be used anywhere in the
Using 2D Primary for CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) takes
you onto another level – not only can you draw things, you can make them
Lines drawn in 2D Primary are more than just images - in
‘computer-speak’ they are called vectors. These show you what you have
drawn but also contain coordinates to ‘steer’ a CNC machine. A simple
Stika machine makes a great starting point for proper CNC
work. A Stika uses a tiny blade to cut a vast range of ‘applied media’
to make, for example, stickers, badges, or iron-on logos. The process is
simple, safe and output is direct from the 2D Primary drawing.
CNC milling and engraving machines work in the same way
as knife-cutters but use a rotating ‘bit’ (rather like a drill) to cut
and remove solid material. For an introduction to CNC machining, the Roland SRM-20E
is the ideal choice for most Primary schools. Using the same 2D Primary software, the SRM-20E will
happily cut out shapes in light modelling materials to make, for
example, accurate parts for projects, stamps, badges and moulds. The SRM-20E
is safe and simple to use.
simplest, the Roland CAMM 1 GS-24E is a super-fast, super large Stika.
It is therefore useful for enterprise projects, but there’s more to it
than that! The GS-24E has an optical registration feature that allows
the cut path to be aligned with printed graphics. It also has sufficient
power to cut thin card. This means that stickers and card packaging nets
can be printed using a regular printer and then cut-out to professional
standards using the GS-24E.
A Site Licence allows a school to install the software on any number of
computers on the school site.
A Student Licence allows a school to distribute a special non-output
version of the software to students and teachers for home use. Students
will be able to save work for output back at school. Schools may choose
to charge a nominal amount per student, to recoup the cost.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10.
Microsoft recommended minimum hardware specification advised.
Network compatible (site licence only).
In order to avoid software theft, the software is encrypted with the
name of the licensed user, typically the name of a person, or the name
of an individual establishment.
When ordering please state:
a) Name of licensed user/site (max 28 characters, including spaces).
b) Address for site licence if appropriate.