Fancy getting your hands on £10,000 in new product development support?

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Designing and developing products is an expensive endeavour especially if you are a student or just starting out in the design world. So, the kind people at MetropolitanWorks, which is part of London Metropolitan University, are giving a few lucky people a helping hand through a new competition they have just launched.

The competition, called Metamorphosis, is looking to help six individuals take their innovative product ideas through the development process, from the drawing board to realisation. They will have access to MetropolitanWork’s wide range of facilities including rapid prototyping, 3D scanning, laser cutting, water-jet cutting, CNC routing and CAD (SolidWorks, Rhino and Pro/ENGINEER). Their finished projects will then be showcased at the London Design Festival in September on the MetropolitanWorks’ stand. The catch is that to be eligible you must be based in London and graduating this year or be alumni of one of six London universities (look at Metropolitan Works for more information).

Jodie Eastwood, project manager at MetropolitanWorks, had this to say to me about the competition: “The Metamorphosis competition is about helping designers – both our own graduates/alumni from London Metropolitan University alongside our friends from the Knowledge East community of institutions – to gain a thorough understanding of best practice in bringing new products to market. Six of the best will receive up to £10,000 in product development support at Metropolitan Works including specialist expertise and access to our fantastic digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping facilities.”

All entrants will also be able to participate in a new product development seminar taking place on 17 and 18 June. “The highlight of the competition will see all applicants attend a free two-day seminar with celebrated product/furniture designer, Linden Davies. Linden will guide the group through the new product development process, which we hope they will take away and apply to their future practice,” adds Eastwood.

If you are eligible and interested, you better be quick as deadline for call for entries is Monday 7 June. To enter contact {encode=”j.eastwood@londonmet.ac.uk” title=”Jodie Eastwood”}

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