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Innovation Studio

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

Tom's Studio

Developing the studio pen. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Tom’s Studio is a Dorset business run by craftsman, Tom Gyr. Tom makes and sells handmade high-end calligraphy pens to a global customer market – his pens are known for selling out in minutes!

Each unique piece is the result of experimentation with mixed material resins and all creations are zero waste.

AUB Innovation worked with Tom to support the research and development of a new range, The Studio Pen, launched at the British Craft Pavilion as part of London Design Fair (2017) and the Chelsea Flower Show (2018). Tom also made use of the specialist equipment at AUB in our digital fabrication workshop through a prototyping Access Voucher.

With the help of an AUB-ERDF Innovation Voucher, Tom was able to develop his capabilities in small-batch production by bringing more specialist processes in-house.

The final product, The Studio Pen, is now available to buy.

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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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.