Invention is less ‘blue-sky’ thinking and more a gradual and iterative process that complements and supports continuous process improvement.
Both innovation and invention depend on design thinking which is different to engineering thinking. Engineers need to learn how to switch cognitive gears between more deductive to abductive thinking in order to see new possible ways of approaching problems.
This course nurtures a design mindset by mentoring engineers and technicians as they adjust their thinking for additional or different constraints/possibilities such as those presented by additive rather than subtractive manufacturing .
On completion of this course, participants will be able to develop a design idea from initial concept to production. They will have the competency to approach problems from different angles, 3D design model and select most suitable materials for parts and prototype production.

Features of this blended learning experience:

- Selection of work-integrated projects
- Expert 1-to-1 coaching on-demand (evenings 4-6 pm)
- Creation of a 3D printed prototype portfolio (using Inventor or Solid works)
- Support from a state-of-the-art Learning Management System through-out

Course timeline:

This newly co-created structured programme runs (mainly) online over 4 - 6 weeks. Learners can be proficient in 3D design or simply be able to read technical drawing and free-sketch designs.

Video content is largely self-paced with 5 online group tutorials and 4 expert mentor 1-to-1 tutorials.
Following the classes and coaching, each participant’s prototype will be 3D printed (this is recorded).
The course culminates with an in-person Demonstration Day (venue to be confirmed) with a final project presentation by learners.

This course is suitable for any engineer or indeed those who can read technical drawings, free-sketch and have the potential to be inventive -

  • Eligible for CPD points with Engineers Ireland in 2023
  • Being nominated for ‘best online learning experience’ 2023

Email fiona.fennell@ibec.ibec for full outline of content and week -by-week tutorial outline or register your interest on this link to receive more details:


Start Date February 23, 2023
Time 10 am
Duration Induction day
Delegate Price €1,635 (+VAT)
Type Virtual events