Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey

Navigating from design to manufacture can be challenging. Translating an idea from a design into manufactured reality requires skill, expertise and tenacity! Through guides, webinars and events, the Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey Programme supports innovators as they look to get develop and commercialise physical products that require manufacturing.

Navigating from design to manufacture can be challenging. Translating an idea from a design into manufactured reality requires skill, expertise and tenacity! Through guides, webinars and events, the Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey Programme supports innovators as they look to get develop and commercialise physical products that require manufacturing.

Developing a physical product has challenges additional to those involved in  software or service innovation. A wider range of skills are required, good relationships with third parties are vital and costs and significant investment is required up front – costs must be carefully planned and managed.

Navigating this process can be daunting and good communication between stakeholders is vital. By understanding what designers and manufacturers care about, it will be easier to establish the good relationships and processes that will avoid costly, time consuming changes further along the development process.

We have grown a body of resource and a strong and diverse network of innovators, specialists, designers, contract manufacturers, academics, technology providers and support agencies who are passionate about and, invested in ensuring more companies can successfully navigate the Design to Manufacture journey.   We have created a Design to Manufacture Guidebook based on our engaging webinar series to help companies navigate this design to manufacture journey.

Current Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey funding opportunities

Design Exchange Partnerships: designing net zero

Opens: 01/09/2022 Closes: 30/11/2022

Apply for funding to develop design-based solutions for specific net zero and climate crisis challenges facing UK coastal and island communities.

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023, Round 3

Opens: 27/06/2022 Closes: 14/09/2022

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not for profit organisation to partner with a UK education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

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Design Foundations July 2022

Opens: 06/07/2022 Closes: 31/08/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for early-stage, people and planet centred design projects to influence their future R&D activity.

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Related Events and Recordings

Wed
27
May
2020

Navigating the design to manufacture journey: Intellectual Property

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Wed
3
Jun
2020

Navigating the design to manufacture journey: Investment and Funding

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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Tue
15
Jun
2021

Made Smarter - Innovation Network: Design for Manufacture

10.00 - 11.30 | Online

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