The Design+ Gateway, based in SETU Carlow campus, applies industrial design capabilities for companies from the engineering, ICT & software and bio lifescience sectors nationally.

Design+’s Core Expertise

Design: Product Design, Prototype design, 3D Printing, Design Strategy


Engineering: Prototype design and scale to manufacture


ICT & Software: Integration of user experience and interface design


Bio lifesciences: Product design orientated around end-user needs

Design+ has a proven track record in knowledge transfer and delivering innovation solutions to industry. Companies from multiple sectors can access a vast range of research expertise and development support. Design+ have the resources for R&D support in the form of additive manufacturing capabilities, rapid prototyping, CAD product design 3D printing, electronic prototyping and design strategy.

Prototyping is key to building knowledge in the product development process. It enables proof and reasoning of decision making and the identification of possible issues in early-stage development, enabling critical elimination of tooling and production costs or errors. Through the analytical evaluation of prototypes, Design+ are enabled to develop the design for assembly and manufacturing making significant savings for a company. Design+ can also introduce the user at this early stage to review interaction and ergonomics and test the fundamental intent of the project – adding valuable insight to a project.

Richard Whyte,
Design+ Gateway Manager

Design+ at Carlow

contact pin iconSETU CARLOW CAMPUS: Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow
email iconrichard.whyte@setu.ie
phone icon+353 (0)59 917 5271

“The Enterprise Innovation Partnership scheme has helped accelerate our development path considerably and has allowed us to bring an innovative solution to the market. The Design+ team were highly professional and valuable support was provided during the project. They were really fantastic to work with and I really look forward to working with them again as we develop further products.”

Emmett Hedigan
Founder Director, The Brew Tech Co Limited

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