AN aspiring product designer and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman pupil has designed a revolutionary kettle that he believes could become the norm in ten years’ time.

Benjamin Digby has designed a kettle that boils water by spinning rather than through a coil.

To help with his work he visited the Amman Valley Makerspace, where he was able to 3D print his model to construct.

The Makerspace, based at Cwmaman Community Centre, is the most rural of its kind and the only base of its kind that offers such facilities in the country.

Speaking about his design, Benjamin said: “The brief was to design a product that a company would produce in ten years’ time.

“Nothing has really changed with the kettle for a while, it is an area that was lacking innovation.

“After doing some research I found that it was possible to boil water by spinning it, rather than through a coil.

“I designed it on some software and then came here to put it together.”

As well as the unique method of boiling the water, Benjamin’s kettle includes a spout which can rotate to be 90 degrees from the handle in order to make pouring a cup of tea easier.

The Makerspace, which was launched in 2015, aims to give people like Benjamin the opportunity to hone their skills, as well as providing somewhere for people to socialise.

Rob Venus, Community Development Officer at Cwmaman Town Council, explained: “We feel that young people and adults that have got an interest in science, in tech, in engineering, arts and maths should have the same level of support and access to equipment as people who play football and rugby.

“If you want to play sport you can grab a ball and go to a playing field, you can play at school or you can join a club. Yet there are no areas, outside of us, for people with these interests to have a go at it.

“It has social benefits as well as the opportunity to further develop important skills that could be used in their careers further down the line.”

To find out more about what the Amman Valley Makerspace has to offer, visit their Facebook page: