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Porto Design Factory



Porto Design Factory is a laboratory of ideas based on interdisciplinary work, applied research and industrial collaboration.

Here, in a platform that reflects so well the P.PORTO culture, students from very different areas cooperate in the development of innovative projects with the ambition to promote an enterprising mentality through a model of education based on problem-based learning.

 A meeting point for the eight schools in P.Porto, PDF is part of the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN), which in turn is made up of 12 institutions from four continents. This network makes it possible for students and teaching staff from different schools to exchange and share knowledge and cooperate in several projects. DFGN has offices in every continent, from Helsinki to Shanghai, from Melbourne to Santiago de Chile, Holland, Geneva or New York.


Encouraging an innovative ecosystem centred in interdisciplinary dialogue and teamwork, we believe in supplying the basic tools to respond and adjust to the business community of the region, especially to the most relevant industries


A meeting point of P.PORTO Community, the PDF is a diversified workplace of multidisciplinary cooperation, coexisting a Formula Student car, 3D printers and socially-driven start-ups. Taught for over 40 years,  ME310 is a renowned post-graduation in Product Innovation at Stanford University, one of the best education institutions worldwide, arriving in Portugal through P.PORTO, namely PDF, as an evidence of the international recognition of our education.


PDF premises - opened 24 hours per day, seven days per week - welcome formal and informal diverse educational activities, as well as individual or group work activities, meetings, workshops, rapid prototyping and mock-ups, 3D print, events, among others. Altogether, more than 1000 square metres, distributed by three floors, thought for flexible use and support to a wide range of activities proposed and/or promoted by stakeholders, from prototyping of variable complexity to the welcome of hundreds of people invited to educational and cultural events.