Datemats is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme, within the key actions related to transnational and result-driven activities between higher education institutions and businesses, to generate innovation in teaching and learning and co-creation of knowledge.
The project aims to create a unique design teaching and learning method in the field of emerging materials and technologies and to boost knowledge transfer from academia to companies in a designerly way.
Datemats intends to co-creates many outputs: teaching methods and training guidelines, methodology and framework, training workshops addressed to managers and companies, entrepreneurship workshops addressed to start-up related to emerging materials and technologies.
The toolkit was created to be used as aid in educational contexts with students and during workshops with companies and professionals. It is a powerful tool to provide students with information about the materials and their opportunities and limits, and to inspire them during the concept development.
On the other side, it has potentialities to provide decision makers of the company with information about the emerging materials and technologies, their opportunities and limits, and to inspire them for innovation in product development.
Each material sample is showcased in its box accompanied by an exhaustive description, and based on the developed Datemats methodology, that sheds light on the three main aspects to consider when designing with emerging materials and technologies. The explanations are summarised in “understanding”, “shaping” and “applying” the EM&T, made easily assimilable through graphics, icons, and case studies.