Which are the best Product Design events in the next 12 months?

March 27, 2018

Events, conferences and trade shows are a great way to find out more about what is happening in the world of product design, whether you are a start-up, brand, manufacturer looking to bring a new product to market or designer. However, separating the wheat from the chaff isn’t always easy, especially when there are over 9000 product design events listed in the UK and USA alone. Attending events like this can make such a difference for a startup developing a new product, so we crawled the internet to find the best events from across the globe, where you can discover new products, suppliers and techniques. Events like those listed below are often an exclusive way to make critical new supplier relationships, network with suppliers in the field of new product development, helping you stay ahead of the competition and give you the inspiration and means to achieve a marketing defining product launch.

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Product Design Events - 2018

TCT Show

Date: 25th – 27th September 2018

Location: Birmingham


Tct show is one of the leading 3D manufacturing events and will be hosted in September at the NEC in Birmingham. With over 10,000 attendees, and over 300 companies in 2018, the show promises to be a great one, and we can’t wait to see what the products will look like.

Who is it for? TCT Show is for anyone who is looking to kickstart your product and really develop your product onto the next level, gaining insights from experts along the way.


Date: 5th – 7th June 2018

Location: Birmingham


42 years and still going strong. SubCon is an event for subcontract manufacturing professionals. Registration to the event is totally free and in 2017, was visited by Airbus, Coca-Cola, Babcock and more, meaning a great value for attendees.

Who is it for? SubCon is for anyone who has an established business who wants to look into fine-tuning their manufacturing process. With lots of expert suppliers, both from the UK and abroad attending, you could get tips and tricks to help streamline your process.

CES 2019

Date: 8th – 11th January 2019

Location: Las Vegas


CES 2018 might have just gone, but that means we’re gearing up for 2019, in what promises to be another massive show in Las Vegas. Following this years great tech, which you can see here (link), we can’t wait to see what’s in store next year.

Who is it for? CES 2019 is for anyone who is looking to take a technology product to market. Get ideas, tips and tricks to help you design the perfect product to take people’s breath away using new technology, by looking at already existing, but equally brand new products that are taking the market by storm.

Robotics Conference Osaka 2018

Date: 28th – 30th September 2018

Location: Japan

The Robotics Conference in Japan is scheduled for September 2018, and will feature presentations and workshops from a range of different companies. With AI and Robotics being on an ever-increasing trajectory, especially in the automotive industry which is currently a focus, this show will prove to be a big one, not to be missed!

Who is it for? Anyone who already knows how much robotics and AI will affect our everyday lives, never mind product design. If this is an area you want to move in, or you want to become more specialised to support a new product, there is no better jumping off point.

Product Innovation Summit

Date: 25th - 26th September 2018

Location: Boston


The motto of the summit is “Reinventing The Future” and given that this is the product innovation show of the year, we’d say it’s going to be pretty revolutionary. Last year, 56% of attendees were in businesses with over 1000 employees, meaning a huge potential market impact for the show. We’re excited to see what this year brings over in Boston.

Who is it for? If you are already planning ahead, then you need to know what innovations will affect you just over the horizon. There is no point in having your development plan set rigidly in stone if a new material or process could change the way your product performs, so get ahead of the curve.

Internet of Manufacturing

Date: 6th - 7th June 2018

Location: Chicago


The Internet of Manufacturing show is one where over 300 industry professionals all gather to discuss how technological investment is “allowing production plans to adapt quickly to unexpected equipment failures, shifts in demand and raw material sourcing.” With over 20 hours of learning opportunity, this is one not to be missed!

Who is it for? If you’re already in the prototyping phase of your product, or just looking ahead to getting your product to market, this event offers great learning potential wherever you are in the development cycle.

Startup Grind

Date: 13th June 2018

Location: London


Having announced another show now available for pre-booking in London, Startup Grind is going from strength to strength. Powered by Google Entrepreneurs, past speakers include people from Google, obviously, Skype, Stripe, Last Minute and Lego. Want to know how to excel your product? This could be the event for you...

Who is it for? Startup Grind is perfect for anyone looking to launch a new product or is early in the product development stages. Thinking about launching on Kickstarter in the next year? Then this is the ideal place to kick off your project or hone your ideas.

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