Co-creating digital solutions for SMEs


What is Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring

Through research, workshops, pilot projects, hackathons and other activities, the project is creating digital manufacturing developments for SMEs that are:

  • Accessible
  • Useful
  • Pragmatic
  • Affordable

Through this co-development, we will advance the research and application of a number of cross cutting technologies, supporting the uptake of digital manufacturing within the SME community.



Follow the latest updates on Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring on the project website and follow the project on Twitter.



Project partners

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring is a project that is led by the Institute for Manufacturing, and is funded through an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant. The University of Nottingham are a key partner in the delivery of the project.




What will the project involve?


Activities will include: 

  • Requirements gathering
  • SME digital manufacturing assessments
  • Options development
  • Hackathons
  • Pilot studies
  • Engagement and application workshops
  • Demonstration sessions
  • Low cost digital solution development

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring



Get in touch

If you would like to discuss the project and how you could be involved, please contact



For further information please contact:

Professor Duncan McFarlane

T: +44 (0) 1223 766141


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