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Product Foundry 6-Week Innovation Programme

Tue 17 May 2022 - Tue 28 Jun 2022
Plus X, Brighton

About the event

Product Foundry is an intensive innovation programme to help you develop your product ideas through hands-on design, making and testing. From 3D printing to user testing, you’ll be introduced to core skills in our weekly sessions, and then have supported time in our advanced prototyping workshop to further develop your skills, and your product ideas to help enhance your commercial impact.

You’ll be developing early-stage prototypes; testing ideas, functionality and user experience. You’ll learn how to generate design solutions, test your ideas, and create product specifications.

Product Foundry is an ideal programme for you, if you’d like to:

  • Develop a physical product to help you commercialise and scale
  • Take part in a structured programme with a cohort of peers helping to keep you accountable
  • Rapidly test and improve your product
  • Learn essential skills in product design and making prototypes
  • Access expertise to help define your product proposition and requirements
  • Receive specialist support relevant to your product idea, design skill level and development challenges
  • Access expertise in areas such as IP, manufacturing and sustainable design
  • Receive expert support to use a state-of-the-art prototyping workshop
  • If you are an established company looking to innovate and develop a product to help your business grow, then this programme could be for you.

Product Foundry consists of:

  • 6 weekly sessions of 4 hours running every Tuesday morning, delivered by product design experts from Plus X and the University of Brighton, covering core prototyping and design activities for new product development including innovations in manufacturing, distribution or sustainability‍‍.
  • Guided support in product development from our expert team.

What we’ll cover:

  • How to generate ideas with rapid lo-fi models
  • How to test functionality and user experience
  • How to take manufacturing constraints into account when developing your product
  • How to make prototypes to share with investors to gain buy-in for your ideas

Current Schedule (subject to change):

Tue 24 May (am): Onboarding, briefs and introduction to prototyping
Tue 31 May (am): Digital fabrication and 101 (laser cutting)
Tue 7 June (am): Operational Models / User Testing (varied, depending on products)
Tue 14 June (am): Detail prototypes (including 3D printing)
Tue 21 June (am): Manufacturing (DFMA and tear-downs)
Tue 28 June (am): Presentation (renders, hi-fi modelling, photography)
Tue 28 June (pm): Off-boarding and presentations

Key take-aways:

  • You’ll learn practical, creative and technical skills to develop your product and ensure that it adds value
  • You’ll learn how to use digital fabrication tools like 3D printers and laser cutters to develop early-stage product prototypes
  • Gained insights from leading design expertise in design thinking and practice
  • Have benefitted from hands-on time to iterate through prototypes
  • Accessed supported time in the workshop outside of core sessions to develop your product and access prototyping expertise
  • Worked in a unique state-of-the-art prototyping workshop with advanced machines and a supportive team

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About the hosts

Plus X Innovation Hubs and the University of Brighton have teamed up to deliver a unique range of support so whatever your innovation challenge we can help you succeed. BRITE members occupy space at Plus X Brighton, which has seven floors of flexible work space, collaborative meeting rooms, specialist innovation workshops for prototyping and state of the art media suites. The BRITE project is receiving up to £5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.