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About I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing

The mission of I-Form 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.

PEM partnership with I-Form


The PEM Research Centre are partners in the I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in 2017. The I-Form Centre is led by UCD and comprises of academic partners NUIG, UCC, Trinity College, DCU, WIT, Maynooth University and IT Sligo, in addition to including over 25 industry partners who are contributing match funding. The Centre has secured over €18.5m from both SFI and Industrial partner contributions to fund over 100 PhD and postdoctoral researcher positions.


The PEM Research Centre is leading out on a Spokes project in collaboration with industrial partner Abbvie within I-Form. The project has recruited a team of postdocs and PhDs researchers to investigate the area of design and development next generation of injection moulding tooling produced by Additive Manufacturing. 

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