From ivory tower to fantasy castle: a design case study of industrial collaboration

Friedemann Schaber, Randle L Turner, Stewart Betts

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KTPs, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, is Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Part funded by the government and lead by staff at The University of Northampton, design competence is being developed for the retail division of a charity providing medical and palliative care. A product design graduate has been employed to research, plan and implement a new product design methodology by designing 3D novelty giftware products, decorative items and toys. Learning and teaching at the university has been enhanced through exposure to highly current solutions to new markets and regulatory requirements, amalgamating the KTP experience into live teaching. Students at the university see an operation involving manufacturing overseas, with some parts made by automated process, shipping from the Far East and UK distribution. The paper exemplifies a case study of a design and prototype development of a range of toys that the charity might sell through its chain of shops. BSc Product Design level one students have to devel op the technical, physical and visual requirements for miniature dolls houses, creating component drawings and models for prototype production using CAD and Rapid Prototyping.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE) - University of Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 1 Sept 2007 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE)
Period1/09/07 → …

Bibliographical note


  • China
  • Design
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Prototype
  • Global Partnership


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