After the increasingly successful editions of Prototyping organised by Howest | Industrial Design Centre, we joined forces again with Kortrijk Xpo in 2015. The Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Product Design of Howest and the Master’s Degree in Industrial Design of the University of Ghent Kortrijk Campus are both offered by the Kortrijk Industrial Design Centre.
The materialisation of product concepts, 3D CAD, additive manufacturing, manual techniques, hand-drawn sketches, creativity techniques, etc. now forms an integral part of the portmanteau in both our educational activities as well as research and services.
Howest and Kortrijk Xpo form an outstanding duo of design and trade fair content. At Howest we believe that Prototyping 2015 was a great success with a unique character, a motivating force that encourages us to set the bar even higher in 2016.
Thanks to our human capital, namely our students, the Factory on the floor of the trade fair earned itself the description of a creative hive of activity where different workshops were held throughout the duration of the fair. This was an extremely useful experience for visitors as well as students.
Prototyping, in the broadest sense of the word, acts as a tool within our method and is literally a central element in the building in the form of an extended workshop that covers a whole floor and that is visible from every corner of the building.
Rendering ideas tangible for production processes is becoming increasingly important within the industry. Prototyping is a unique event as it brings together in one single location a wide range of technologies, materials, tools and techniques and showcases them together with the ever-present leitmotif of product development processes in all their phases and all their facets.
Howest plays a pioneering role by contributing to the original and unusual concept of the Prototyping trade fair at Kortrijk Xpo.