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Innovation Studio

Aetha Design

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

Aetha Design

Product development of Totem. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Aetha Design are a product design company based in Poole, Dorset. Combining engineering and industrial design, Aetha undertakes projects from concept through to product development and manufacture.

In 2018, Aetha were awarded an AUB-ERDF Innovation Voucher to support research and development activities for their new project, Totem. The brief was to design, build and test a damping arm to enable filmmakers to attach camera equipment to moving vehicles to give stable footage in a safe environment. The project is currently in development and is due for release in 2019-2020.

Aetha have also benefited from prototyping support on our CNC mills and SLS 3D printing equipment and co-hosted our industry events on Dieter Rams in November 2019.

Find out more about Aetha’s work here.

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

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.

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.