University of Nottingham product design students wowed local businesses at the second annual Product Design Breakfast Showcase on Wednesday 9th December 2015. The students, currently in the final year of their Product Design and Manufacture Degree Course, showcased some of their outstanding designs and prototypes to business leaders from a range of sectors.
The exhibition presented businesses with a chance to check out some of the top, fresh talent in the country for their graduate positions. The companies were also invited to submit live briefs for student projects. Students spend up to 17 weeks working full time on their ‘major project’ brief in their final year; an ideal opportunity for businesses to benefit from some resource to explore product ideas that they might not otherwise have time to develop.
Student project success
Irma Gilbert, CEO of Co Fabrico Limited, submitted a project brief at last year’s event and was delighted with the resulting product – Artem Sonitus customisable headphones. Speaking about her experience of working with the University, Irma said:
“I decided to approach The University of Nottingham for its reputation in innovation and practical teaching in product development and advanced manufacturing facilities. It was very easy to apply for help, with excellent communication throughout the process. I was very excited when a student accepted the challenge to design our customisable 3D printed headphones. Working with her was a real pleasure; she was very passionate about the project, very hard working and very creative. The end product met our specifications and the plan is to develop a global brand to sell the product worldwide.
I highly recommend that businesses tap in to the great knowledge The University of Nottingham has. The students are very open minded and full of new innovative ideas and not afraid to try new technologies. It is an opportunity to create innovative products at high speed and an opportunity to work with a future product designer and give them freedom to be creative.”