Materials

Knowledge of the materials used is required knowledge in this subject. It is used in the SAT’s, SAC’s and in the Exam.

The categories the materials fall into is also required knowledge. They are:

Category 1

Wood/timber

  • Hardwoods
  • Softwoods
  • Manufactured/composite boards

Metal

  • Ferrous metals
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Alloys
  • Coated metals

Textiles/yarns/fibres/fabrics

  • Natural
  • Blended
  • Synthetic

Polymers (plastics)

  • Thermoplastic polymers
  • Thermosetting polymers
  • Composites

Category 2

Ceramics

  • Stoneware
  • Porcelain
  • Bone china
  • Terracotta
  • Raku
  • Cement

Glass

  • Soda lime
  • Lead glass (crystal)
  • Float / laminated / toughened Borosilicate

Category 3

  • Chemical fasteners (e.g. adhesives)
  • Dyes/paints
  • Surface treatments/protective coatings
  • Finishes (oil based, water based, organic)

 

More information:

The VCE Product Design and Technology study design p, 15

Yellow Book, 15, 118-22