Prof. Denis Dowling
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I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - Dublin

The I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre addresses materials processing research within a manufacturing environment. A particular focus of the Centre is on Additive Manufacturing (AM), allowing the production of highly customised 3-D printed components with superior quality and performance. This is achieved by applying a range of advanced digital technologies, with the most fundamental scientific/technological aspects of AM. In addition to advanced process diagnostics, a further objective is the development of advanced process simulation, control and feedback systems.

I-Form’s aim is to facilitate the manufacture of high-value added components along with higher process reliability, while reducing processing times and manufacturing waste. Industry partners within the I-Form Centre are involved in a range of industry sectors, including the manufacture of medical devices, aerospace, automobile, microelectronic components, as well as materials manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to companies applying and developing advanced digital and process feedback technologies for use in manufacturing. The Centre brings together a multi-disciplinary team of over 80 PhD and Post-Doc researchers supported by over 25 leading academics in manufacturing engineering, materials and data science.

The I-Form team has well established collaborations with industry, which will be further strengthened through active collaborations on industrial projects in one of the I-Form demonstrators based in Irish Manufacturing Research Technology Centre in Mullingar. Furthermore, 40% of I-Form researchers will be based at industry partners facilities.

I-Form is dedicated to creating new knowledge, technology and intellectual property, and to transferring these to industry via demonstrators, practical courses, workshops, staff exchanges, licences and spin-outs.

Research areas:

  • Materials Processing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Process-Structure-Property Modelling
  • In-process Monitoring and Data Analytics
  • Predictive Process Feedback
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Operator-Machine Interactions

Research performed by:

  • University College Dublin
  • Dublin City University
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Institute of Technology Sligo


  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Waterford Institute of Technology