Conceived to deliver a step change
in Irish manufacturing competitiveness
and to be a world-leading centre of
expertise in advanced manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre was established by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to deliver high-impact research in advanced manufacturing. The Centre is particularly focused on additive manufacturing (3D printing), combined with the use of digital technologies in manufacturing. The latter includes data analytics, cognitive computing, augmented / mixed reality and informatics. The Centre brings together a multi-disciplinary team of over 80 PhD and Post-Doc researchers in manufacturing engineering, materials and data science. These are involved in both fundamental and translational research. The Centre is hosted by University College Dublin, in partnership with NUI Galway, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Institute of Technology Sligo and Waterford Institute of Technology. The I-Form Centre operates in close collaboration with a number of leading international manufacturing research centres in Australia, Belgium, Germany the UK and USA.

A Unique Integration of Physical and Cyber System Technologies

Scientific Focus

Centre Research Focus

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 I-Form Centre research falls under three main platforms:

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.

Centre Recruitment

The Centre has vacancies in its operations team, as well as 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 marina.dziubuk@ucd.ie

We are also recruiting a Grants Manager, to be based at UCD. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with funding experience in a research environment. Search www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs with reference number 010324.


Prof. Denis Dowling
Centre Director

t :  +353 1 716 1747
e :  denis.dowling@ucd.ie

UCD Engineering Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4,
D04 V1W8, Ireland

Prof. Dermot Brabazon
Centre Deputy Director

t :  +353 1 700 8213
e :  dermot.brabazon@dcu.ie

DCU Stokes Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
D09 FW22, Ireland