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


Developing e-Cyclopic, the world’s first spokeless foldable bike. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

About the project

Cyclopic is a startup engineering business from central Dorset specialising in transport solutions for greener growth in urban areas. One of their latest projects, the E-Cyclopic, a spokeless foldable bike, will be the most compact on the market. The bike has been designed and built by Alan Rallings, the founder of Cyclopic who has over 40 years of knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering, including working on The Thames Barrier and Concorde.

AUB have been supporting Cyclopic on prototyping the bike using technical expertise and free access to our CNC 5 and 3 axis mills, SLS 3D printer. We have also awarded the business an AUB-ERDF innovation grant for design development.

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

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Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant


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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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
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There are many ways to work with us – we can give you access to our equipment and expertise
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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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Residency Programme

Our Residency Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio individuals, start-ups and SMEs developing new products or services.
Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant

Industry-standard resources

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