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Innovation Studio

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

Foam Forge

Testing new processes in thermoforming closed cell form. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Waste foam is a significant issue and currently goes straight into landfill in the UK. There are large-scale foam recycling plants on the continent but the foam they produce is often not of brilliant quality and is only fit for filler. In 2018, Foam Forge were awarded AUB-ERDF Innovation funding to tackle this challenge.

Foam Forge, a central Dorset business, are exploring the manufacturing challenge by developing a recycling technique to create a durable high-quality foam that has manifold uses. This will reduce waste and make a major contribution to the sustainability of resources in the region. The company already specialise in the production of thermoforming closed cell foam products, many of which are designed for water sports activities, such as kayaking.

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 www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

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Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant

Overview

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

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

Collaborate with us

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.
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Innovation Studio

AUB's Innovation Studio combines flexible workspaces with access to the latest industry-standard equipment to help you and your business.
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.