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Design and Production

We celebrate innovation in designing, developing and making the things people need. We focus on opportunities for engineering and technology. Bringing together experts from industry, academia and government, we deliver programmes of activity, inspired by issues of the day and innovation around manufacturing and design, from robotics to sustainability and beyond.


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Funding competition: connected digital additive manufacturing

Businesses can apply for a share of £4.5 million to develop smarter, better connected 3D printing solutions.

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Horizontal Innovation

The IET and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) have joined forces to address the current lack of widespread exploitation of horizontal innovation in the technology community.

Key topics

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With the changing landscape in manufacturing and a focus on the journey towards Industry 4.0, this hub showcases key topics such as Virtual Reality and Advanced Manufacturing through to the Implementation of Automation. Exploring the key technologies to hit Manufacturing in the next ten years, there will be a drive towards innovation and the resurgence of Industry within the UK.

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From Industrial Design focusing on the user experience in the engineering of products, to the growing importance of Inclusive Design with consideration for the diversity of the population, this hub looks at the important role of design within technology and innovation. There will be a focus on how existing design and technologies can be adapted for the needs of a changing population within Design and Society.

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Looking to improve and accelerate cross sectoral growth, Robotics and Autonomous Systems explores the latest innovation and showcases the newest technological developments. Highlighting the revolutionary role of engineering in the transition to fully autonomous systems, key topics include Mechatronics, Robotics start-ups and Artificial Intelligence, through to Unmanned Vehicles and Aircraft Systems.

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Innovation to commercialisation

Showcasing the latest news and innovation from the nine Catapults and Innovate UK, this hub offers a knowledge platform facilitating access to professional expertise for SME’s, science, engineering and technology communities. Exploring the current design and manufacturing landscape, this hub will also include content from EPSRC and information on funding and competitions; alongside topics such as Intellectual Property and Horizontal Innovation.



Innovate UK launches £5m robotics and autonomy competition

A £5m competition to boost the development of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) in the UK has been announced by Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

‘3D sound’ phone system offers sensorial guidance to visually impaired people

A ‘3D sound’ system has been developed that is capable of providing sensorial guidance to the visually impaired through their smartphone.

Smart surgical thread monitors healing wounds

Researchers have developed a smart surgical thread that monitors the healing wound in real time and can wirelessly alert physicians to any chemical imbalances in the patient's body.

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Design and Production Sector Newsletters

Bringing you all the latest on IET Design and Production Sector initiatives, partnerships and thought leadership together with details of upcoming events, Sector highlights on and opportunities for you to get involved!