Department of Mechanical Engineering

Design Factory

Design Factory develops creative ways of working 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. 

For more information, visit our complete website at designfactory.aalto.fi.

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Latest publications

Integroitu yrittäjyysopetus : Yrittäjyystaitoja opiskelijoille, joille Slush tarkoittaa vain loskaa

Kalle Airo, Håkan Mitts, Elina Kähkönen 2023 Yrittäjyyden edistäminen korkeakouluissa – esimerkkejä ja käytänteitä

1st Design Factory Global Network Research Conference ‘Designing the Future’ 5-6 October 2022

Tua Björklund, Peter Joore, Saku Mäkinen, Christine Thong, Eduardo Zancul 2023

The dynamics of innovation efforts in the early career

Tua A. Björklund, Shannon K. Gilmartin, Sheri D. Sheppard 2023 Creativity and Innovation Management

VIRTUALLY HOSTED HACKATHONS FOR DESIGN RESEARCH : LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ENGINEERING ANNUAL (IDEA) CHALLENGE 2022

Daniel Nygaard Ege, Mark Goudswaard, Ole Nesheim, Sindre W. Eikevåg, Oystein Bjelland, Kim A. Christensen, Robert Ballantyne, Shuo Su, Chris Cox, Louis Timperley, Omsri Aeddula, Raj Jiten MacHchhar, Ryan Ruvald, Jie Li, Sara Figueiredo, Saurabh Deo, Nikola Horvat, Ivan Čeh, Jelena Šklebar, Daniel Miler, James Gopsill, Ben Hicks, Martin Steinert, Shuo Su 2023 Proceedings of the Design Society

Designing Futures for Afrika and Beyond

Vikki Eriksson, Keineetse Christopher Motlhanka, Thatayaone Mosepedi 2023 African Industrial Design Practice

DIMENSIONS OF PROXIMITY IN STAKEHOLDER CHOICE REFLECTED IN THE CREATION OF KNOWLEDGE-BASED INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM PARTNERSHIPS

Vikki Eriksson, Teo Keipi, Tua Björklund 2023 Proceedings of the Design Society

Identifying and framing potential stakeholders in complex innovation ecosystems

Vikki Eriksson, Teo Keipi, Tua Björklund 2023 CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation

Identifying and framing potential stakeholders in complex innovation ecosystems

Vikki Eriksson, Teo Keipi, Tua Björklund 2023 2nd Design Factory Research Conference

Multidisciplinary education through faculty members’ conceptualisations of and experiences in engineering education

Xiaoqi Feng, Salu Ylirisku, Elina Kähkönen, Hannele Niemi, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2023 European Journal of Engineering Education

Towards Circular Design and Manufacturing - Lessons Learned from University-Based Makerspaces

Tanja Honkala, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Elina Kähkönen 2023 Procedia CIRP
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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