Design for Business

We use our design expertise and technologies to solve practical and strategic business problems; to experiment, innovate, test ideas and to produce new and original solutions. Our team of design professionals work across industry sectors that includes; manufacturing, packaging, furniture, sports products, medical devices, architecture and heritage projects.


If you have a project you would like help with we offer a wide range of services including development and consultation.

Championing the value of design as a tool for innovation and business growth

The benefits of our design expertise

  • Ensure that new concepts are fit for purpose and technically robust.
  • Reduce the risks, time and cost of developing new products and ideas.
  • Add value, distinctiveness and identity.
  • To access new markets through exploitation of design and innovation.
  • Use design to understand competitors and customers and discover new opportunities for innovation.

What we offer

  • Prototyping & fabrication: Use our technologies to capture, model, simulate, fabricate and test.
  • Design advice and consultancy: Expertise and advice to develop new product and process concepts.
  • Knowledge transfer: Working the business to build new capabilities, innovate and grow
  • Student Design Studio: Engage student talent to stimulate new thinking and concepts

Funding advice

Advice on funding initiatives to enable innovation, new product development and knowledge transfer including Innovation vouchers, Proof of Concept and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

For every £1 invested in design, business might achieve as much as £20 in increased revenues

Design’s influence on total product cost can be as much as 70-80%.

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As a start-up business we didn’t have our own 3D printers however we were able to use the University’s facilities. I would advise any business to consider working with the University of Lincoln as it has been worth it for my company.

Janusz Lebioda, Managing Director, Extrude Ltd