When I left school I was lucky enough to get a Year In Industry placement at a manufacturing company in Merseyside.
During my year with them I learnt a huge amount about design and manufacturing.
My project involved designing aluminium extrusions, die castings and thermoplastic extrusions.
I also gained a lot of experience with Solidworks, a popular 3D modelling package.
Here are some diecast parts which I designed for a shower enclosure: