Polifactory develops scientific research, experimental projects and educational and cultural initiatives with companies and institutions

Polifactory proposes and participates to research and consultancy activities with enterprises and institutions at many scales (e.g.: regional, national and international). It operates as coordinator/partner in technological and scientific projects dedicate to competitive and pre-competitive development.
It works as provider for public and private subjects interested in its spaces, technologies or research competences.

More specifically Polifactory activities are declined as follows:

Competitive Research
Polifactory develops research projects at local, national and international level. It collaborates both with public (e.g.: municipalities, regional governments) and privates institutions (e.g.: big companies, SMEs Networks and artisans). Polifactory realizes scientific studies and inquiries (e.g.: surveys) on different aspects related to the relationship between new models of production, based on different situation and contexts. Polifactory offers services of applied research for enterprises in the fields of design, digital fabrication technologies (within craftmanship or industrial processes) and new models of distribution.

Consultancy
Polifactory offers consultancy services related to:

  • Strategic consultancy on how to start and develop a makerspaces/fablab or other similar facilities, on local or regional scale.
  • Consultancy for enterprises to develop platform related to personal/digital fabrication or to create digital services connected to new production/fabrication processes.
  • Technical and design consultancy for enterprises and professionals on digital fabrication within R&D, prototyping and fabrication processes.

Didactical and experimental activity
Polifactory organizes activities to explore new scenarios for different sectors of manufacturing and services, tackling various challenges related to the integration of design, manufacturing and innovative technologies. As part of that, activities encompass planning and organization of hackatons/workshops, scenario building, engagement through open call and support to concepts development and prototyping.

Ideas and Talents pre-incubation
In order to support young talents in improving their autonomous learning paths, Polifactory offers various coaching activities. Since makerspaces are, by definition, spaces that stimulate social and collaborative learning (in a peer-to-peer approach), Polifactory believes and follows this philosophy by offering various coaching services that helps single individuals and whole group for the development of strategic, design, technical and technological competences, as well as self-entrepreneurship. See more about this branch of activities at this page.

Cultural initiatives and events
Polifactory organizes different kinds of cultural initiatives: seminars, lectures, workshop, meetings and exhibitions. Beside offering its spaces Polifactory can, in relation to its main topics, support the engagement of interesting subjects.
See all Events organized at this page.

Strategic and exploratory research
Polifactory investigates new branches of activities related to topics of interest for Politecnico di Milano and of partner Departments involved.