In accordance with the decision of Ministry of Science of Montenegro, no. 01-1063 from May 29th 2014, Faculty of Polytechnics, University of Donja Gorica, with its partners - Faculty for International Economics, Finance and Business (UDG), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from Skopje, “Montcarton” and “Čelebić” companies from Podgorica, Montenegro, is implementing the research project: “Laboratory for product design, including disciplines, such as graphic, interior and fashion design” (PRODE). The main idea that lies behind the project is to enhance the performance of Montenegrin economy through creating an environment for technology transfer. The project is being developed with the overall objective to contribute to the sustainability of Montenegrin economic growth by offering innovative products and services to both local and international market. A key activity that will be undertaken during the project duration is related to establishing, organizing and equipping a professional prototype laboratory at University of Donja Gorica, which will become an academic and professional prototype and product development centre. Specific objectives include establishment of the prototype laboratory, development of prototypes and final products, development of new academic program, enhancement of entrepreneurial spirit among researchers, raising awareness regarding the importance of technology transfer among staff and researchers, as well as participation in international exhibitions and publication in international journals.

A number of activities have been carried out since the beginning of the project. They are related to the active work packages, such as WP1: Establishment of management structures and documents, management of the project; WP2: Assessment of market needs for specific types of products that will be prototyped and produced; WP3: Setting up Product Design Laboratory and design of prototype; WP4: Capacity building, WP5: Outreach and dissemination; and WP7: Sustainability. Further activities are related to the laboratory utilization through prototype building, transformation of prototype into a final product, commercialization and patent activities, provision of sustainability, and dissemination activities.

As it regards the main results achieved so far, and according to the activities that are realized  during the third semi-annual reporting period, it is important to point out that the internal meeting of the PRODE project team was held, the project team was working on creation of the final version for creating TOR for Web site for management purposes, continuous working of PRODE project team on mapping of the vernacular material resources of interest for the project in cooperation with Macedonian partner, it is initiated a implementation of the surveys in order to collect  inputs for products of interest,  also it is important to point out that is made installation of the arrived equipment for the PRODE laboratory, 3D Printer, 3D scanner, wide printer and work station. Laboratory Management Structure is formed by PRODE project team and it consist of the chief of the laboratory, technician, intern and designer, and all members of the Laboratory Management Structure are associate and students from Faculty of Polytechnics.

During the third semi-annual reporting period PRODE project team in cooperation with Jugodata were organized first training plan on the PRODE equipment which include 3D printer and 3D scanner for associates and students from Faculty of Polytechnics. According to that, PRODE project team is planning to organize second phase of training plan which will be held on January – February 2016, this will be organize in cooperation with IB-CADDY, Slovenia.

During this reporting period, the team members are in phase of selecting the best solution of the visual identity design and promotional materials for project, and the team for preparation TOR for creating web site for the purpose of the project is formed. Also, it is very important to point out that, during the second project year, the project team members are planning organization of two conferences until the end of the second project year. Student Engagement in Learning and Training of best practice was made. UDG student, Ivan Kovacevic is sent on a training course in the AGFA company, member of the Agfa-Gevaert, which deals with industrial design. The project members team were working on the development of a curriculum that will follow the development  of the PRODE laboratory;[1] Beside that, during the third semi-annual period the project team members are working on the  strengthening the existing academic plan, undergraduate and graduate programs and building up the new programs (PhD) on the Faculty of Polytechnics.

Also, the project team members from Faculty for International Economics, Finance and Business and Faculty of Polytechnics are prepared two project proposal, submitted applications are related to PRODE commercialization and continuous education of students from Faculty of Polytechnics. Applications were submitted within the IPA – Transfer of knowledge between sectors of higher education, research and industry in Montenegro call for proposal, founded by EU grants.

The expected final results include a professional prototype laboratory that will become a local and regional centre for creating and developing prototypes for various products and services. This will enhance individuals’ employability and companies’ competitiveness. Moreover, the laboratory will provide full support when it comes to commercialization and patenting activities, so there will be no risk for the idea holder that its idea will be compromised.



[1] the process of developing a study program that will accompany the development of the laboratory has been initiated, and will be completed once the laboratory becomes fully functional