Mode of Production

London Design Festival, September 2007

"Exhibition and exclusive preview of a new book, Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals by Rob Thompson, published on 15th October 2007 by Thames & Hudson. The author has traveled to some of the most innovative factories in the world in search of exciting manufacturing case studies. This exhibition payed homage to the wealth of manufacturing heritage and expertise that the UK has to offer. Mode of Production showcased installations that demonstrate materials and manufacturing processes for designers, architects and engineers. Manufacturing in plastic, glass, ceramic, wood and metal will be included. Mode of Production was an opportunity to see how products are made, discover innovative materials and meet the manufacturers behind the processes."


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Rapid Prototyping


Based in High Wycombe, the Centre for Rapid Design and Manufacture (CRDM) has established itself over the last 10 years as a ‘one-stop-shop' for organisations looking for assistance in many areas of rapid prototype manufacture.


CRDM has been involved in the UK rapid prototyping community since 1995, and was one of the first companies in the UK to embrace the SLA process with 3D Systems very first machine, the SLA90.

CRDM has a wide range of rapid prototyping and manufacturing technology in-house, including plastic and metal sintering, stereolithography (SLA), and the more traditional vacuum casting, CNC machining and injection moulding.

Investment Casting

Dean Group International

Dean Group International are engineers that work closely with their clients to find the most appropriate and cost effective method of manufacturing their components in a wide range of materials including iron, carbon and stainless steels, specialist materials including titanium and a range of non-ferrous materials.

Dean Group International has operated a foundry for over 35 years. Their specialist knowledge and advice at the design stage combined with their skills and expertise gained from manufacturing, ensures reliable and quality product delivered on time and at a competitive price. Dean Group International has a long established customer base and are committed to developing long-term supply partnerships with new customers.

Scientific Glassware, Lampworking

Dixon Glass

A.W.Dixon Ltd was established in 1922. Today, as Dixon Glass Ltd they continue to produce high quality glassblowing for scientific and non-scientific applications.

As globalisation has advanced Dixon Glass Ltd have adjusted accordingly. Their expertise includes bespoke scientific glassware, labware and glass products for design and architectural applications. Through a worldwide network Dixon Glass Ltd supply mass-produced commodity items for scientific and non-scientific applications including standard scientific glassware and labware, storage and preservation jars, and extruded glass tubing and rod.

Injection Moulding


For nearly 50 years ENL has been dedicated to excellence in the manufacture of high quality mould tools and technical injection moulding, machining and assembly. They have expertise in moving products from concept, through to prototyping and ultimately into high volume production.

ENL has a proven track record in the design, development and manufacture of many successful products. As a result, they have attracted a diverse range of blue chip organisations. ENL are approved suppliers to Airbus Industries and BAe Systems, and are working towards the Automotive QA System TS16949. Their broad customer base includes aerospace, defence, automotive, electronic, medical and industrial.

Timber Frame Construction

Howarth Timber Engineering

Howarth Timber Engineering is a modern timber engineering business that is part of the Howarth
Timber Group, a privately owned timber company established in 1840.

Man has always used timber to build structures and with the increased emphasis on using sustainable materials, timber is frequently the preferred option.  Computer aided design and modern production techniques continue to develop new and innovative applications for this natural material which is one of our key renewable resources. Howarth operate an externally audited Quality Management System to ISO 9001:2000 and product conformity schemes for truss and timber frame.  Howarth use timber from sustainable and legal sources and are Chain of Custody certified to all the major timber certification schemes.

Wood Laminating, Furniture Making

Isokon Plus


London Glassblowing

Peter Layton's London Glassblowing is a hot glass studio focused on the creation and display of contemporary glass art. The studio has a reputation as one of Europe's leading glassmaking workshops with a particular flair for the use of colour, form and texture.

Peter Layton and Associates, its sister company, excels in combining glass with metals to create exciting artworks that enrich public and private spaces. Renowned for versatility in design and the innovative use of materials, they have an outstanding record for successfully completing projects within budget and on time, consistently achieving imaginative results.

Metal Spinning


Famous for inventing the cult classic the Astro ‘Lava Lamp’ in 1963, today Mathmos specialises in designing, manufacturing and marketing products that seek to engage people with light in magical new ways.

The Mathmos in-house team works with emerging designers and leading names such as Azumi, Ross Lovegrove and El Ultimo Grito to build new, beautiful and engaging lights. New light technologies such as the Airswitch™ and Mathmos Mobiles™ have seen Mathmos move to the forefront of light invention.

Sold globally through and a network of retailers, Mathmos has won two Queen’s Awards for Export.

Metal Joining Technologies


TWI is one of the world's foremost research and technology organisations.  From bases in UK, Brazil, China, Malaysia and the Middle East, 550 staff provide technical support in joining and technologies such as material science, structural integrity, non destructive testing, surfacing, electronic packaging and cutting.  Services include contract R&D, technical information, consultancy, standards drafting, training and qualification. TWI offers a single, impartial source of service for joining engineering materials.

TWI is internationally renowned for its multidisciplinary teams that implement established or advanced joining technology solving problems at any stage – from initial design, materials selection, production and quality assurance, through service performance to repair.