European project INEDIT

Open Innovation Ecosystems for Do It Together process

INEDIT aims at creating an Open Innovation Ecosystem for the furniture industry, focussing specifically on 3D printing of wood and upcycled plastic as well as the smartification of furniture. In respect to the current trend towards mass-customisation, the project intends to shift the well-known ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) approach applied by individuals, into an extended collaborative approach named ‘Do It Together’ (DIT). This approach will be applied and driven by consumers, designers, makers and manufacturers, especially SMEs, for conveying higher customer satisfaction, adoption, and loyalty rates. DIT is a novel approach utilising the Open Innovation Ecosystem to integrate knowledge and ideas of design and engineering from different disciplines. It will be powered by existing European innovation ecosystems for channelling the creativity of customers that shape new sustainable furniture across the EU while producing and delivering locally. Therefore, the project’s guiding principle is “Design Globally - Produce Locally”.

Consumers will be bolstered with skills, knowledge and capabilities to access new production means. These will be developed through new sustainable manufacturing processes integrated in agile manufacturing networks.

The successful Open Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (OMDF) will pilot a framework that allows stakeholders to grow from conceptualisation to materialisation with adapted sustainable logistics in a DIT dynamic. These demonstrator facilities support an innovative furniture manufacturing network that includes consumers, makers, suppliers, and producers in the process. Thus the creativity of consumers and designers towards co-creation will be unleashed and the access to production resources in the furniture sector will be democratized. The OMDF framework will be designed, developed and assessed through multiple case studies in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France and then presented through INEDIT online platforms.

Important environmental and economic impacts  include the reduction of CO2 by avoiding shipping raw material and goods from abroad, the creation of local jobs and the identification of new business opportunities. In terms of efficiency, the open platform technology and methods will shorten the time to create a furniture concept or a design; shorten the time to get a design produced and shorten the time to choose or customize existing/created designs.

INEDIT is coordinated by the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts Et Metiers (ENSAM) in Paris, France. The consortium consists of 14 project partners from eight European countries.

As partner in the project, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum is:

  • Preparing and performing an exploitation plan and strategy
  • Developing an efficient planning and monitoring tool for dissemination and exploitation
  • Managing and protecting the consortium’s intellectual property rights
  • Enhancing the transfer of knowledge (exploitation workshops)
  • Community-building, clustering, and networking of relevant European stakeholders in the areas of furniture manufacturing and open innovation

Project duration: 10/2019 - 09/2022

Participating Countries:  France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869952

Portrait Meike Reimann
Dr. Meike Reimann
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Portrait Ivo Zeller
Ivo Zeller
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