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Innovation Studio

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

Net Sensors

Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Net Sensors is a manufacturing and service business for companies developing Internet of Things products. Its innovative production process inhabits the space that lies in-between prototyping and large scale manufacture. This makes their services affordable by smaller businesses who face barriers to innovation with minimum order quantities and expensive R&D costs.

In 2018, Doug Mahy, an experienced electronics engineer and founder of Net Sensors, was awarded an AUB-ERDF Innovation grant to develop capabilities for in-house circuit board production. The grant helped the business to bring in a new pick-and-place machine to develop and test improved accuracy of circuit board production.

Net Sensors have also benefitted from access to our digital fabrication workshop using our SLS 3D printer to prototype IoT casing for their client, Squidsoup.

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

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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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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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Industry-standard resources

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