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Welcome to the IED, the home for designers working in engineering and product design.


As everyone is well aware, the current situation relating to COVID-19 is resulting in a change of working practice for everyone. We are managing this at IED HQ, ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers by limiting social contact and encouraging working from home. This inevitably means that some aspects of the service you expect from us may be interrupted – please be patient at this time, we will continue to work hard at responding to enquiries, processing applications and generally being as helpful as we can, it may just take a little longer to get things done.

Why Become a Member?

Member Benefits

Membership of the IED is open to all who work in, study, manage, research, teach or practice design. Membership is welcomed at all grades of academic study and levels of expertise. The purpose of the IED is to support our members to achieve their career goals by mentoring and guiding designers to the appropriate grade of professional registration.

The first step to achieving this professional registration is to complete our simple application form.

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View From The Chair

In the beginning…

Every design can trace its history back to an idea, muses Colin Ledsome CEng FIED

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The Design News

Supply chains: call for input

The Royal Academy of Engineering and its partners across the National Engineering Policy Centre are working to support government by helping identify potential future shortages and bottlenecks across critical supply chains in coming months.

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Coronavirus - Essential Business Guide

All businesses are facing challenges in these unprecedented times. Wright Hassall have shared with us these latest legal guides for UK business in respect of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

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2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability (#WE50) - Nominations now open until 27 April 2020

Founded by the Women's Engineering Society in 2016, the WE50 awards are a UK event linked to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) - the global celebration of women in engineering that takes place on 23 June each year.

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Upcoming Events
11 Jul

Join us for our first ever virtual AGM and EGM

Due to the Covid-19 situation the usual annual get together which incorporates the IED's annual and extraordinary general meetings, plus the awards lunch has to take a different format this year - we can't get together in person, so we're holding a virtual AGM and EGM, with plans for a separate celebratory lunch for our award winners later in the year (details to be confirmed).

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23 Sep

Simulation Driven Design Workshop from Altair & Brompton Bicycle

This free to attend workshop for IED members is developed jointly between Altair and Brompton Bicycle, creators of the iconic folding bike. The presenters will provide an introduction to Altair Inspire & Altair SimSolid, powerful simulation technologies built specifically for Design Engineers. The solutions enable companies to rapidly explore and optimise new designs, while accurately investigating if your CAD models will meet performance goals in just a few seconds.

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Self Employed Directory

Mr Ben Smith MDes MBA MIED Mr Ben Smith MDes MBA MIED

Mr M Robins CEng MIED MIMechE FIPlantE Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Mr J Bryden MDes(Hons) MIED Stamford, Lincolnshire

Mr T Bird MIED Trowbridge, Wiltshire


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If you've got any questions about the IED or our membership process then we'd be more than happy to hear from you. Simply click on the 'submit question' button, fill in the contact form and we'll get back to you with a response as soon as possible.