Department of Mechanical Engineering

Design Factory

Design Factory develops creative ways of working, spatial solutions and enhanced interdisciplinary interaction to support world-class product design in educational, research and practical application contexts.
Two students working at the Aalto University Design Factory's PrintLab


Aalto University Design Factory is a platform for co-creation across disciplinary, organisational and even geographical boundaries. Born as one of the first physical manifestations of Aalto University, a network of over 30 Design Factories across the globe has been formed to support reimagining higher education around product development. 

Whether you're a staff member, student, alumni or represent the surrounding societal and industrial ecosystem, Design Factory aims to lower the threshold for the first steps of experimentation in our university. We pilot new forms of practices in education and development, host a number of courses and research groups, as well as offer prototyping facilities that any student can make use of with the help of our lab masters. 

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Latest publications

Under the umbrella : components of empathy in psychology and design

Alvaro M. Chang-Arana, Antti Surma-aho, Katja Holtta-Otto, Mikko Sams 2022 Design Science

Test Equipment for Curved Aerostatic Bearing

Jaakko Majuri, Priya Singh, Severi Tikka, Mikael Saksi, Petri Kuosmanen, Panu Kiviluoma 2022 Proceedings of the 7th Baltic Mechatronics Symposium

Jatkuvalla arvioinnilla enemmän osaamista kandidaattivaiheen massakurssilla

Tuomas Paloposki, Viivi Virtanen, Maria Clavert 2022 YLIOPISTOPEDAGOGIIKKA

Conceptualization and operationalization of empathy in design research

Antti Surma-Aho, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2022 Design Studies

Using the Electrochemistry Designette to Visualize Students' Competence and Misconceptions on Electrochemical Principles

Vanessa Y. Y. Chia, Katja Holtta-Otto, Franklin Anariba 2022 JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION

Sauna bathing frequency in Finland and the impact of COVID-19

Lassi Liikkanen, Jari A. Laukkanen 2021 COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE

Managing the disruption of mobility services: How to align the value propositions of key ecosystem players

Joel Wolff, Esko Hakanen 2021 Technology Innovation Management Review

Technology Project Summaries as a Predictor of Crowdfunding Success

Mika Westerlund, Ishdeep Singh, Mervi Rajahonka, Seppo Leminen 2021 Technology Innovation Management Review

From crossing chromosomes to crossing curricula–a biomimetic analogy for cross-disciplinary engineering curriculum planning

Elina Kähkönen, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 European Journal of Engineering Education

Zero Gravity : radical creativity by multidisciplinary collaboration

Günther H. Filz, Serenay Elmas, Athanasios Markou, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Saurabh Deo 2021 <i>Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia</i>
More information on our research in the Research database.
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