Co-creating digital solutions for SMEs


What is Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring

Through research, workshops, pilot projects, hackathons and other activities, the project is creating digital manufacturing developments for SMEs that are:

  • Accessible
  • Useful
  • Pragmatic
  • Affordable

Through this co-development, we will advance the research and application of a number of cross cutting technologies, supporting the uptake of digital manufacturing within the SME community.



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Project partners

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring is a project that is led by the Institute for Manufacturing, and is funded through an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant. The University of Nottingham are a key partner in the delivery of the project.



The project would also like to acknowledge additional support received from the Foundation of German Business and Impact Accelerator fund towards the SME Industrial requirements; and from Research England’s Pitch-In project towards the demonstrators, hackathons and pilot studies.



What will the project involve?


Activities will include: 

  • Requirements gathering
  • SME digital manufacturing assessments
  • Options development
  • Hackathons
  • Pilot studies
  • Engagement and application workshops
  • Demonstration sessions
  • Low cost digital solution development

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring



Get in touch

If you would like to discuss the project and how you could be involved, please contact



For further information please contact:

Professor Duncan McFarlane

T: +44 (0) 1223 766141


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