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Our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of our everything we do


We host a series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals across the Dorset region to inspire innovation and develop new capabilities within a creative discipline.

Explore our past events below. To book on to forthcoming workshops and events, contact the Innovation team at

Find out more about our workshops and lectures

Each Meet the Maker event is hosted by a Dorset business with an introductory talk on their practice, followed by a workshop activity. Previous events have covered woodwork, 3D printing for prototyping, ceramics, prosthetic design for media and performance and letterpress printing.

These events are free for Dorset industry and are supported under our European Regional Development Fund programme.

If you are a Dorset practitioner and would like to host your own Meet the Maker, please email the team at

The Design-It lectures are a free masterclass lecture series of the latest concepts in design and creativity to inspire innovation in your business and working practice. Here's a taster of what's happening.

Our Start-It workshops have been crafted to help you to move from innovative idea through to a workable concept. Our aim is to help you understand the design process and start to use it to turn your idea into reality.

Supported by a dedicated AUB team of designers and makers, this one-day workshop is ideal for start-ups, budding entrepreneurs and practitioners wishing to get expert feedback on their idea. Part One will help you understand where you are in the design process and how to take your ideas forward. Part Two will help you transform your idea towards a proof of concept. Participants will be able to keep copies of the resources used and apply for ongoing access to our AUB maker workshop, including digital fabrication lab.


These workshops are free for Dorset SMEs, start-ups, sole traders and social enterprises. A short registration form will need to be completed along with a short proposal of your idea.

Do you know your pdf from your STL? What is the process for creating a 3D solid design?

Find out at our Make-It Workshop, created specifically to support design-led research and prototyping needs for industry. During this highly practical one-day programme, you will understand the capabilities of the latest fabrication tools and what you need to work with them.

Delivered by AUB 3D designers, we will help to demystify the key terminology surrounding digital fabrication and guide you through the steps required to undertake your own prototyping project. Tour our digital fabrication lab which includes 5 axis and 3 axis machining, CNC routing and SLS 3D printing facilities which are available for free access to Dorset businesses and practitioners.

Make it workshops are organised as group events. If you would like to enquire about a bespoke workshop for your business, please contact us at


These workshops are free to the Dorset business sector. A short registration form will need to be completed.

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Case Studies

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