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Innovation Studio

Creative Technologies

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative industries, featuring state-of-the-art digital and physical manufacturing technologies.

Explore the facilities and manufacturing tools that the Innovation Studio has to offer below.

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3D Printing

We've equipment to 3D print both rapid and functional prototypes in a variety of materials, including nylon, carbon fibre, Kevlar, and more.

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3D Machining

We've a range of advanced manufacturing machines, including a CNC router and both 3-axis and 5-axis milling machines.

2D Cutting and engraving machines in a technical studio, red and blue.

2D cutting and engraving

We've a range of digital fabrication equipment, including laser and waterjet cutters for cutting, marking, and engraving.

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Materials library and testing

We have an extensive and regularly updated materials library, including plastics, wood, metals, and ceramics, as well as testing machines.

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Virtual Reality

We've a range of resources for Virtual Reality, including VR headsets and cameras, and equipment for projection mapping and lighting.

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Digital fashion and printing

In our digital textiles and fashion suite we've a range of printers for both synthetic and natural fabrics, a digital loom and body scanner.

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Events and workshops

A series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals to develop innovation and creative capabilities.

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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses

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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.

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Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.