iPRODUCE aims to deliver a novel social manufacturing platform to enable multi-stakeholder interactions and collaborations to support user-driven open-innovation and co-creation.

At the heart of the iPRODUCE platform is an open digital space that facilitates co-creation ventures, and is used by a set of innovative tools that support matchmaking, secure interactions, generative product design, process orchestration, co-creation up to agile prototyping, usability evaluations and lifecycle management.

The iPRODUCE platform will be deployed in local ‘ecosystems’ (composed of SME associations, manufacturing and specialist SMEs, Fablabs, Makers spaces, and others) under the concept of collaborative manufacturing demonstration facilities (cMDFs).

The platform will support knowledge and resource sharing across cMDFs, which are equipped with co- creation methodologies, training toolkits and sharing-economy business models to adapt the organisational systems, shape the social manufacturing processes and scale collaborative production activities.


The iPRODUCE project introduces a novel social manufacturing platform that embraces manufacturing companies in the consumer goods sector, their associations/ networks, Fablabs/ makers spaces, DIY communities and various other innovation players at the local level. The platform adopts Fab-Lab concepts and makers approaches and installs them in local multi-stakeholder ecosystems that are transformed collaborative manufacturing ecosystems supported by cMDFs.

In iPRODUCE, local cMDFs will come together in a flexible federated organisational structure that enables knowledge extraction and sharing, and also the sharing of resources and of manufacturing facilities.

iPRODUCE’s aim is threefold


To bring closer Manufacturers, Makers and Consumer communities (MMCs) at the local level


To engage them into joint co-creation challenges for the manufacturing of new consumer products and the introduction of novel engineering and production (eco)systems


To fuse practices, methods and tools that both makers and manufacturing companies (SMEs specifically) are employing.


To define a social manufacturing framework (SMF) for the collaborative design, engineering and manufacturing of consumer goods by engaging manufacturers, makers and consumers (MMCs) in relevant open innovation (OI)challenges/ missions.

To create and establish local Collaborative Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (cMDF) by interconnecting and enriching existing micro-manufacturing facilities. For this purpose various local stakeholders are expected to ‘join’ facilities/ infrastructure to support.

To develop and deploy a digital platform that will facilitate the activities of the local cMDFs and will allow them to operate independently (at local level) under a loose federated organizational structure (at European level).

To develop and deploy a set of digital tools that will stimulate co-creation and open innovation in the consumer goods sectors; (including also the development of e-training sessions, recommendations for green production engineering, recycling/repairing and circular economy approaches), etc.

To introduce social media-driven consumer and makers engagement strategies

To devise novel sharing economy business models and IPR management strategies and tools to simplify and automate multi-stakeholder interactions. (business models for shorter time to market product engineering; Build trust through smart contracts and tokenisation of work and IPR).

To integrate the social manufacturing framework, the digital platform and the digital tools into a social manufacturing space.

To define the iPRODUCE open innovation challenges and validate and demonstrate the proposed social manufacturing space through 5 pilot cMDFs and 15 open innovation missions in 4 consumer goods subsectors.


iPRODUCE is structured into and implemented through 10 Work Packages.

WP1. Project Management (Leader: AIDIMME)

WP1 aims to coordinate the technological and scientific orientation of the project; guarantee high-quality standards and the achievement of objectives; manage project resources and risks; and manage ethical, societal and IPR issues.

WP2. Business Challenge Definition for Social Manufacturing in Consumer Goods Sectors (Leader: VLC)

WP2 aims to consolidate the project vision and user scenarios, benchmarking it against micro- factory and collaborative production models, while providing requirements and KPIs; identify and analyse stakeholders’ perceptions, needs, drivers and barriers in regard to their engagement in user innovation and social manufacturing; produce a detailed mapping of co- creation and open innovation methods, tools and practices based on identified stakeholder needs; collect high-level consumer goods industry sector scenarios, use cases and KPIs to address co-design/ production and open-innovation challenges; develop a holistic social manufacturing/ collaborative production reference model.

WP3. Establishment of Local Collaborative Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (Leader: TS)

WP3 aims to define the project’s approach towards the lean operational model of cDMFs’ federations; define the approach towards assessing cDMF’s technological and manufacturing and provide them the toolset to improve their capacity; define the method to enable cDMF’s Federations; define the toolkit for cDMF’s workflow simulation and improvement through digitalisation.

WP4. iPRODUCE Core Services and Digital Platform for Social Manufacturing (Leader: ICE)

WP4 aims to deliver the core architecture for the iPRODUCE platform to support social manufacturing activities; deliver the platform architecture for social manufacturing; deliver data extraction and sharing functionalities with security and privacy aspects; specify and develop the Open Innovation marketplace, which addresses identified requirements and will be validated at collaborative demonstration facilities; deliver a training toolkit for co-creation and social manufacturing.

WP5. Customer-Driven Production and Co-Creation Enabling Tools (Leader: FIT)

WP5 aims to develop the technical and methodological tools that encourage multi-stakeholder co-creation processes and collaborative production engineering; develop and deploy a generative design platform as a social community; develop Augmented Reality and ubiquitous computing-based user interfaces and deliver an agile data analytics and visualisation suite; develop methods and tools for lifecycle management, recycling, repurposing and reusing; apply collaboration techniques in testing and training workshops.

WP6. Social Media-Enriched Engagement Strategies for Makers and Consumer Communities (Leader: WR)

WP6 aims to define the methodologies that will drive the engagement of makers and consumers towards the establishment of local ecosystems and MMCs communities, and to increase the community spirit and participatory design in the project; engage makers and consumers in “warm-up” activities to set up the local ecosystem and MMC communities; leverage early adopters of the iPRODUCE value proposition to turn them into project Ambassadors and to enlarge the project’s communities; tap into the creativity and experience of citizens by collecting their innovative product ideas for innovation challenges.

WP7. iPRODUCE Sharing Economy Business Models and Execution Tools (Leader: CBS)

WP7 aims to develop new business models and IPR management strategies and tools to simplify and automate multi-stakeholder interactions.

WP8: iPRODUCE Integrated Social Manufacturing Space (Leader: CERTH)

WP8 aims to integrate and interconnect the project’s technological and operational infrastructure and tools and establish operational readiness on behalf of the project consortium; deliver OpIS by integrating core services of the digital platform, co-creation enabling tools, training toolkit, social engagement app, and the IPR and transactions management automation framework; configure local instances of OpIS according to the characteristics of each cDMF, interconnecting them to establish the federated network; plan and execute thorough testing of the integrated solution, simultaneously training users with the operation of the overall solution.

WP9: Validation, Demonstration & Evaluation of the iPRODUCE Social Manufacturing Space (Leader: AIDIMME)

WP9 aims to define and implement the evaluation framework for the validation and demonstration of the iPRODUCE solution in the targeted pilot use cases; define the evaluation methodology and corresponding planning and metrics; offer iPRODUCE co-creation services to the MMC teams participating in open innovation missions; implement iPRODUCE pilots through open innovation missions/ challenges; demonstrate the value of the federated network of local ecosystems and cDMFs.

WP10: Impact Creation (Leader: F6S)

WP10 aims to define the strategy for dissemination, communication and outreach, and to develop and execute tools and materials aligned with this strategy and stakeholders’ interests; coordinate the activities of the project with those of other similar projects and initiatives to enable cooperation; organise dissemination events to engage stakeholders and showcase the project; develop a clear exploitation strategy, and map and assess alternative exploitation paths and sources of finance.

Project Factsheet

Project title: A Social Manufacturing Framework for Streamlined Multi-stakeholder Open Innovation Missions in Consumer Goods Sectors

Project acronym: iPRODUCE

Type: Innovation Action (IA)

Call: H2020-NMBP-FOF-2019 | DT-FOF-05-2019 - Open Innovation for collaborative production engineering

Grant Agreement nº: 870037

Duration: 36 months (January 2020 - December 2022)

Total cost: 7,218,515.80 EUR

EU contribution: 5,983,662.50 EUR

Project partners: 20 partners (Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Greece, UK, Luxembourg, Belgium)