Let's untrap IP and innovate

New product innovation is the lifeblood of your business’ success and longevity. Let us help you with your mission by untrapping IP through our R&D as a service.

How we help

Prioritise R&D and untrap IP

Develop new products

Curated access to technology, startups and partners

Precinct development and design

Economic development and design


Rapidly test and build new products locally with a proven gated process.

Boost your innovation output without investing in new resources or equipment.

Speed up and de-risk potentially viable projects with valuable rapid prototyping learnings.

Access internal linkages to global factories for global scale.

Liberate internal projects from business-as-usual headwinds.

Transform your internal culture and access new engineering and design talent.

Maintain competitive advantage and industry leadership by getting new products to market quicker.

Boost your top and bottom line with new revenue streams and cost efficiencies.

Why us

Proven system

Track record

Risk-free opportunity

Independent and accountable

Access to network and partners

Senior, specialised expertise

Physical facilities

How would we work with The Melt?

Typically, one or more projects enter the proven Melt 4P process –Prove, Prototype, Pilot and Produce – a rapid, repeatable, and low-cost pathway to successful product development.


Accelerate internally generated ideas through the Prove Stage. Deliverable: Comprehensive Business Case Report.


Build working prototypes using the workshop facilities. Deliverable: Working prototype and go-to-market pilot report.


Use the prototype to test the market appetite. Deliverable: Version 1 prototype and Production Plan.


Product is proven and now production ready. Deliverable: Factory ready product.

What product would benefit?

Any physical product, particularly those with electrical or mechatronic elements.


Get it done
The Melt allows corporates to get strategically important projects out of the building and liberate them from business-as-usual headwinds.

No sacred cows
The Melt’s process ensures that each project is evaluated objectively and purely on its merits. Investment is then directed only on those hardware projects with a high likelihood of technical and commercial success. 

A proven process
The Melt’s stage-gate process provides clear deliverables and timeframes. You will know what to expect and when and you’ll always know what the next steps are.

Access to technical resources and expertise
All the technical equipment, expertise or software tools required to prototype your hardware products is here in The Melt and ready to use.

As many or as few as you like. The Melt can be used to develop a single product or to screen a portfolio of potential products and focus investment in those with the best commercial potential.

A structured, stage-gate/agile hybrid process that is the least-riskiest path to product development

  1. Prove: Can we sell it? Articulate and assess the business model first before building any physical products
  2. Prototype: Can we build it? Build a looks-like/works-like prototype to mitigate technical risks
  3. Pilot: Can they use it and will they buy it? Conduct small scale pilots to ensure the product has achieved problem/solution fit and product/market fit.
  4. Produce: Can we build it at scale? Design your product and manufacturing process for large scale production.

Any phase.

Prove Stage
Your product / business is at the ideation stage. In this phase The Melt will first seek to validate the business model and understand the technical risks of the project. A comprehensive business case for further investment is developed.

Prototype Stage
Your product idea is already validated and is now ready for a looks-like/works-like prototype to be developed.

Pilot Stage
You have a prototype that is now ready to be piloted with real customers to gain valuable insights and prepare for manufacturing at scale.

Produce stage
The product is ready for large scale, low cost manufacture and distribution. The produce stage ensures that input costs are optimised and all logistical aspects are considered, such as packaging, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and distribution efficiency.

The Donald Horne Building, The Melt Modern Manufacturing Centre, 140 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333