Renishaw co-founder receives I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Award


Sir David McMurtry, co-founder and Executive Chairman of global engineering technologies company Renishaw, is the recipient of the I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Award 2023, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to innovation and research in advanced manufacturing over many decades.

The award was presented at the 72nd CIRP General Assembly hosted at University College Dublin from 20-26 August, an annual event that brings together an international network of leading experts in production engineering from across academia and industry. Dave Wallace, Director of Group Operations at Renishaw, collected the award on behalf of Sir David.

This year marks 50 years since Sir David and John Deer founded Renishaw, which is an industry leader in a range of engineering fields, including dimensional metrology and metal additive manufacturing (AM). 

Access to Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of metal additive manufacturing equipment has played a key role in doctoral and post-doctoral research projects carried out by I-Form.  These include projects related to the development of novel titanium alloy processing conditions, process monitoring, machine learning and operator feedback technologies. This partnership demonstrates Renishaw’s strong commitment to industry-academia collaboration for advanced manufacturing research and innovation.

I-Form Director Professor Denis Dowling said, “The I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Award recognises the significant contribution that Sir David McMurtry has made to innovation and research since Renishaw was established 50 years ago. It also reflects his contribution to advancing the manufacturing sector in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. The investment in innovation and research and development (R&D) from companies such as Renishaw, has helped to drive advancement in the manufacturing industry and result in substantial economic and societal benefits.”

“We pride ourselves on contributing to the global advanced manufacturing research and innovation industry”, said Will Lee, Chief Executive at Renishaw. “This is a great honour for Sir David and Renishaw, and our aim is to be able to continue making a positive impact on production engineering around the world, helping our customers to make advancements in their ability to manufacture their products accurately and efficiently.”

The award was designed and assembled by Dr. Owen Humphreys from the I-Form Centre. It includes the triple spiral symbol, which is similar to the symbols found on some Neolithic tombs, such as the Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb in Boyne Valley, which dates back over 5,000 years. The spiral design for the award was 3D-printed using a titanium alloy by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), using their Renishaw RenAM 500M system. This alloy was then mounted onto a mahogany base prior to the award presentation.

Close up photo of an award trophy