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Research Details

  • Funding Organization : European Commission
  • Funding Programme : H2020-DT-FOF-05-2019-OneStage
  • Funding Instrument : Innovation Action
  • Duration : 36 months
  • Total Budget : € 7,218,515
  • ITI Budget : € 660,625
  • Scientific Responsible : Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras


Democratized innovation holds undeniable promise for European producers, but the integration with corporate innovation practices is in its infancy. While the interest is real, it is still neither easy nor efficient for producers – especially SMEs to benefit from collaborative production. The iPRODUCE project takes well proven concepts and approaches (from DIY manufacturing, FabLabs, Makerspace), and aims to upscale them through innovative technology solutions and to install them in well-connected multi-stakeholder ecosystems under an umbrella concept of collaborative Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (cMDF)”.

We organize our work under a social-manufacturing platform that enables multi-stakeholder interactions and collaborations to support user-driven open-innovation and co-creation. At the heart of the iPRODUCE platform is an open digital space supported by a set of innovative tools that cover matchmaking, secure interactions, generative product design, process orchestration, agile prototyping, usability evaluations and lifecycle management. We complement these technical tools with a strong social component that aims at easing the notorious hardship of engagement with makers and aim to open up to new maker segments, while we improve on SoA tools for Lead User Innovation identification.

The iPRODUCE platform will be deployed in six local ‘ecosystems’ which cover different levels of maturity with collaborative production, diverse objectives and application areas spanning from home furnishing, automotive/mobility, consumer photography, medical ecquipment and more. The platform supports knowledge and resource sharing across cMDFs and all our results will be monitored and evaluated.


CERTH/ITI will undertake the responsibility for coordinating and monitoring the technical and innovation evolution and progress of the iPRODUCE integrated solutions and it will also support the definition and architecture design of the open innovation platform. Moreover, it will exploit its experience in AR/VR applications for delivering the social manufacturing space, including human interaction with MMCs. Further to that, CERTH/ITI will study and define blockchain-based mechanisms to infuse trust in the open innovation value chain and exchange knowledge, services and products. Finally, it will be responsible for the integration and testing of the iPRODUCE platform, and will make sure for providing the necessary training for its use afterwards.


  • AIDIMME (Project Coordinator) AIDIMME Spain
  • Lagrama LAG Spain
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT Germany
  • ZENIT ZENIT Germany
  • MakerSpace Bonn e.V. MSB Germany
  • Materalia MAT France
  • Vosges FabLab Vosges France
  • Excelcar Excelcar France
  • Energy at Work E@W Italy
  • Trentino Sviluppo SpA TS Italy
  • Copenhagen Business School CBS Denmark
  • betaFACTORY betaFACTORY Denmark
  • AidPlex GP AidPlex Greece
  • Information Catalyst ICE UK
  • SIEMENS SAG Germany
  • European Dynamics Luxembourg SA. ED Luxemburg
  • F6S Network Limited F6S UK
  • White Research WR Belgium