iPRODUCE – “A Social Manufacturing Framework for Streamlined Multi-stakeholder Open Innovation Missions in Consumer Goods Sectors” aims to embrace known and well proven fab lab concepts and makers approaches and install these in multi-stakeholder ecosystems that are transformed into collaborative manufacturing ecosystems thanks to Collaborative Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (cMDF). The objectives of iPRODUCE are threefold: (1) to bring manufacturers, makers and consumer communities (MMCs) closer at the local level; (2) to engage these communities into joint co-creation challenges for the manufacturing of new consumer products and the introduction of novel engineering and production (eco)systems; and (3) to fuse practices, methods and tools that both makers and manufacturing companies (specifically SMEs) are employing.
iPRODUCE’s social manufacturing framework will support knowledge and resource sharing across cMDFs, through which an association of cMDFs will be established. The cMDFs will be equipped with the iPRODUCE platform along with novel 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.
iPRODUCE will establish cMDFs in Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain.
which are expected to become the main stimulating drivers to launch, promote and realise the envisaged collaborative engineering and co-creation activities. These local ecosystems cover different levels of maturity with collaborative production, diverse objectives and application areas spanning from home furnishing, automotive/ mobility, consumer photography, medical equipment and others.
- The proposed framework aims to engage manufacturing enterprises (e.g. SMEs and/or mid-caps)
- Makers communities (e.g. DIY, fab lab, makers spaces and start-up communities)
- and consumers.