Manufacturing has emerged as one of the high growth sectors in India. Given the disruption induced by technology (4th Industrial Revolution) and augmented by the pandemic, any move forward to stimulate overall economic activity and creation of new jobs will have to involve design. PMs Make-in-India needs to be coupled with Design-in-India so people can create new products, devise business processes, and think about new ways of service delivery for society.
The challenge for design education is to move to a more holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to create design professionals who can position design more strategically as an integration of the aesthetic, business, technological and sociological concerns. At the same time, the bonds between industry and Design institutions must be strengthened by growing collaborations for new product development, internships, joint projects, industry visits for students and other activities related to education and research.
One of the aims of the DESINNO project has been to enhance innovation capacities in India and contribute to the internationalization of Indian Design Education through the establishment of Design & Innovation Centres in universities of India. The centre of excellence at WUD has been established and it aims to provide a common ground for
(a) the development of innovative and permanent methods for Research and Design development
(b) establishment of cross-sectorial projects for collaboration and co-learning,
(c) establishment of Inter-industry projects to facilitate the inclusion of design,
(d) development of sustainability aspects of design,
(e) development of community based programs enabling designers, craftsmen and artisans,
(f) modernization and internationalization of Indian HEIs by following state of the art methodologies in design thinking, sustainability, design research, social innovation, ethical issues in design, etc.
A business model for the CoE has also been developed, however WUD intends to continue to support the sustainability of the centre and use the CoE as a shared workspace and the ground of new projects and joint activities between academia and industry.
Dissemination activities will take place during WP4 through a well-dened dissemination and exploitation plan.
Glimpses of inauguration of Center of Excellence in Rapid Prototyping.
Team members: Anand Kumar, Vishnu Kaarthi & faculty team
Industrial Partner: M/s Axiom India Pvt. Ltd., Delhi
The global automotive industry is undergoing a paradigm shift at present in trying to switch to alternative/less energy-intensive options. India, too, is investing in this electric mobility shift. The burden of oil imports, rising pollution, as well as international commitments to combat global climate change are among key factors motivating India’s recent policies to speed up the transition to e-mobility.
The purpose of this project is to design a double seat E3W (electric 3-wheeler) for urban cities with a top speed of 25km/h (no driving license or paper required) and a range of 60-70 kms, which can be a great alternative of bike (with cover over head and dedicated luggage space) for travelling within the city and for last mile connectivity.
The target market for our vehicle is especially office-going women, college students, housewives and elderly people. The final outcome is an electric vehicle with a functional design.
Using the new centre of excellence a prototype of the vehicle has been designed, as it is shown in the following pictures, using the software and hardware tools available in the new lab in the WUD facilities.
Team members: Sampriya Jain, Lavanya Malhotra & faculty team
Industrial Partner: M/s Symbionic Tech Pvt. Ltd.,Chennai
The project deals with the development of a new prosthetic arm and it is facilitated by the company Symbionic Tech, which is based in Chennai. The aim is to understand and design in an anthropocentric manner, an affordable new prosthetic arm, keeping in mind terms of ergonomics, sustainability, affordability, material and manufacturing.
The product aims at providing the best functionality and degree of freedom for a bionic arm at the most economical scale possible. In the future, the company aims to design various customizable covers as per the wishes of the customer so they can choose their own arm.
Using the new centre in the WUD facilities, an Engineering Prototype has been designed and developed, as it is shown in the pictures below. The new product has been tested and it is delivered to the company for further development.