Inspiration and innovation were the order of the day at the 2019 Engineering Design Show

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​Despite uncertain market conditions, last week’s Engineering Design Show provided a welcome shot of inspiration and innovation for the UK’s design engineering community, delivering a 3% increase in visitor numbers.

The 2019 Engineering Design Show (EDS) brought together over 200 exhibitors, welcomed 25 of the industry’s most prominent conference speakers and hosted over 30 practical workshop sessions on the show floor. Alongside the exhibition, new feature areas gave visitors the opportunity to get hands-on with the very latest robotics technology and design tools.

Dave Everitt, design services manager at Ismosys, visiting the show commented, “Engaging in a dialogue with multiple business partners spread across the country is time consuming and challenging, having a range of suppliers, possible suppliers and prospects in one location is highly effective.”

With so much going on at EDS, the challenge for visitors was to experience everything that was on offer. Below are just a few of the highlights from the event:

  • Dassault Systèmes challenged visitors to their stand to design the optimal drone capable of removing the reactive agent from a chemical spill. Using Dassault Systèmes solutions to develop the concept, all submitted designs were 3D printed during the show.
  • The Institution of Engineering Designers and 3M hosted an Innovation Management Masterclass. Attendees were shown how the adoption of a standardised approach can lead to differentiation and how good innovation practice can be so valuable when aligned to the ISO 56002 innovation management standard.
  • In the New Electronics conference stream, Perforce was discussing Agile becoming more widespread for managing engineering design projects. Visitors heard how new Agile variants can be better than Scrum or Kanban at supporting large-scale, often compliance-driven projects.
  • Back on the show floor a visit to the Robotics Innovation Hub provided opportunities to discuss and try the very latest in robotics technology from Comau, X-STK Applied Automation and Motion Impossible. Visitors were able to try out and try on an exoskeleton, a motion tracking camera dolly and cobots.

“The Engineering Design Show has always been a place for design engineers to discover new technologies, learn new design skills and meet supply chain partners. However, this year, when the business landscape is uncertain and many companies are being more cautious, it provided a great opportunity for both visitors and exhibitors to meet face to face in a dynamic, stimulating environment and build strong business relationships,” said event director, Nicki Jackson.

The Engineering Design Show will return in 2020 to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 14 – 15 October. To register your interest or book a stand visit: