Design and prototyping

The new AMRC Design & Prototyping Group provides engineering design and prototyping expertise to help UK manufacturers develop innovative high-value products.

The AMRC Design & Prototyping Group was created in 2012 to address a severe shortage of exceptional engineering designers. The UK has a rich heritage of industrial design, but top-tier manufacturers and suppliers alike are struggling to secure the design expertise they need to bring new products and components to market.

In high-value manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, energy, motorsport and medical technology, designers need to work closely with their R&D, prototyping and testing centres if they are to perfect their designs through a series of intense product development cycles.

By integrating a world-class design team with the manufacturing and research expertise of its established groups, the AMRC is creating a manufacturing design resource capability far beyond anything previously available in the UK.

The AMRC Design & Prototyping Group is:

  • Developing a UK centre of excellence in engineering design and prototyping.
  • Building a multi-disciplinary team of exceptional design engineers.
  • Ready to produce anything from concept designs through to full-scale pre-production prototypes.
  • Drawing on the expertise of the AMRC group to exploit state-of-the-art visualisation and rapid prototyping equipment.

We are engaged in a wide variety of projects, to address specific industrial design challenges and to develop innovative approaches to design for manufacture. For examples of our work in design for additive manufacture, see the following case studies:

The Design & Prototyping Group is based in the new AMRC Design Prototyping and Testing Centre, a major expansion of the original AMRC facility funded by ERDF and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

For more information, contact:
Derek Boaler
, AMRC head of design

Free business support for Yorkshire SMEs

To launch the new Design Prototyping and Testing Centre and demonstrate our support for local business, the AMRC is offering small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Yorkshire & Humber region two days of free business assistance.

The programme gives qualifying companies free access to the AMRC’s multi-disciplinary team of design and testing engineers, to help companies develop new products or improve your current capabilities.

Businesses can gain practical assistance in design areas such as concept generation, design & development, analysis & simulation, and prototyping using 3D printing or CNC machining.

This free business support is funded by ERDF, and open until September 2014.

To find out more, contact Craig Roberts:, tel 0114 222 9979