L0.13 CSCB Building, O'Brien Science Centre
University College Dublin
At I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, our mission is to shape the future of manufacturing through high-impact research into the application of digital technologies to materials processing.
We work in close collaboration with our industry partners (start-ups, SMEs and MNCs) on research projects (2 to 4 years duration) that augment their technology roadmaps and deliver impactful results that enhance their long-term manufacturing competitiveness.
A major focus area for I-Form is the development of efficient and sustainable Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes. Our research focuses on deep materials, in-process and post-processing characterisation; development of advanced predictive modelling tools; and application of machine learning to process feedback and control.
We also support research into the application of digital technologies in the wider materials processing space; including precision machining, surface engineering, bonding/joining, casting and moulding.
I-Form is a founding member of the EIT Manufacturing Knowledge and Innovation Community.
- Metal laser based powder bed fusion (LB-PBF)
- Polymer steriolithography (SLA), fused filament fabrication (FFF), PBF and jetting processes
- Laminated Object Manufacturing (paper based)
- Robot arm for multi-axis FFF
Other Materials Processing
- Multi-axis precision engineering equipment
- Plasma Surface Treatment systems
- Micro and Nano X-Ray CT Scanning
- High resolution SEM, TEM, XPS, EDX, FIB, XRD, OES
- 3D Optical Profilometry
- Metallurgical Microscopy
- Various mechanical property tests (hardness, fatigue etc.)
- Advanced manufacturing research
- Training, undergraduate,post graduate and industry upskilling/reskilling
- Prototyping for feasibility demonstration as part of a research collaboration
Primary and Secondary school activities to promote STEM as careers
Particular focus on promoting gender balance in STEM through youth and general public awareness campaigns.