Our mission is to shape the future of manufacturing through high-impact research into the application of digital technologies to materials processing. I-Form brings together a nationwide pool of expertise in materials science, engineering, data analytics and cognitive computing. I-Form is applying exciting developments in digital technologies to materials processing, to improve understanding, modelling and control, thus increasing the competitiveness of Irish manufacturing on the world stage.
Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, I-Form works with industry to advance the low-cost, low-risk design of new products and the manufacture of high-value components exhibiting enhanced material performance, while reducing processing times and achieving enhanced process reliability. I-Form is actively engaged across a range of different materials processing technologies, with a particular focus on Additive Manufacturing (3D printing).
I-Form is funded through the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. It is a partnership between University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Institute of Technology Sligo, the National University of Ireland Galway, Waterford Institute of Technology and the National University of Ireland Maynooth - along with strong collaborative industry engagement in sectors that include medical devices, aerospace, automobile and microelectronic components.
I-Form’s research is focused on the convergence of the digital agenda with the most fundamental scientific/technological aspects of Additive Manufacturing (AM). This includes for example, the development of new in-situ techniques for process monitoring during the fabrication of AM parts. As well as the simulation and performance prediction of new AM part designs. This type of research is critical because it will enable low-cost, low-risk design of new products and refinement of existing offerings. In addition to advanced process diagnostics, a further objective is the development of advanced process control and feedback systems. The aim is to facilitate the manufacture of high-value components exhibiting enhanced material performance, while reducing processing times and achieving enhanced process reliability. Industry partners within the I-Form Centre are involved in a range of industry sectors, including the manufacture of medical devices, aerospace, automobile and microelectronic components. In addition to companies applying and developing advanced digital and process feedback technologies for use in manufacturing.
The fundamental outputs from the three Research Platforms will feed into the technology solutions required for the Spoke projects. Each of the five Spokes have Targeted Projects defined in collaboration with industry partners.
The Centre has vacancies for postdoctoral and PhD researchers. The latter are in areas such as additive manufacturing (metal and polymer), process control, modelling, metallurgy, cognitive computing, informatics, augmented reality and data analytics. If candidates wish to express interest, they are invited to send their CV and expressions of interest to email@example.com
I-Form has also launched a unique PhD programme in Metallurgical Challenges for the Digital Manufacturing Environment - an innovative CDT programme based across four universities. Find out more and apply here
I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Room L0.13, CSCB Building, O'Brien Centre for Science (East)
University College Dublin, Belfield
T: +353 1 716 2966 (UCD)
T: +353 1 700 8213 (DCU)