If your company is interested in exploring new product development or research into a new opportunity, designCORE can help your company grow by adding value through design.

We are an established centre for innovation and commercialisation in Design and New Product Development. Our team of dedicated researchers and designers have the expertise and skill to understand consumer motivations, culture and human behaviours to provide real market gain for our clients.

We establish key collaborative relationships with Industry, delivering projects for a range of clients from Consumer Electronics, Wearables, Medical, Engineering, Architectural, Garden, Craft, Security, and Sports based products.

Our goal is to create tangible outcomes that are grounded from the most cutting edge research methods in the world.

  • Capabilities
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Product Development

3D Visualisation

Concept Validation


Creative thinking

Field Research

Focus Groups

Quantitive & Qualitive

Bio Metric Testing

Competitor Analysis

Market Opportunities




Laser Cutting

3D Scanning

3D Printing

Vacuum Casting

Digital Modelling

Batch Production

Rapid Manufacture

Testing Room

Funding Opportunities

Innovation Vouchers

Innovation vouchers worth €5000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with designCORE. The purpose of the Innovation Voucher initiative is to build links between SETU Carlow and small business. See Enterprise Ireland for more information.

Innovation Partnership

The Innovation Partnership program encourages Irish based companies to work with SETU Carlow, resulting in mutually beneficial project outcomes. Companies can access expertise, resources to develop new products or processes and generate new knowledge and know how. Enterprise Ireland can provide up to 80% of the cost of these projects ranging from 85K to 450K.

Local Industry Office (LEO) Funding

Your Local Enterprise Office can offer direct financial supports to micro business (10 or less employees). We have worked on a number of LEO funded projects from full product development to small batch prototyping. Project Scoping and Product Feasibility can also be funded though your LEO.

Private Funding

From prototyping to product development, privately funded projects can deliver immediate results. Feel free to contact us to see where we can add direct value to your business.