The I-Form research programme is structured to operate under a ‘hub and spoke’ model. Under this model the ‘hub’ comprises of Platform research, which represents the more basic or fundamental research activities of the Centre. Platform research is focused on advancing the state-of-the-art and developing new knowledge, methods, models, techniques and results that are common to a number of industry challenges and projects. The Spokes focus on industry engagement projects that leverage aspects of the core research. I-Form’s Platform themes coalesce around three fundamental research areas as illustrated below. The demonstrator technology for the Platform research in I-Form is a particular form of additive manufacturing called metal laser-based powder-bed fusion (PBF-LB).