September 8, 2017

SEAM part of new I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, and Innovation:

"Waterford Institute of Technology’s SEAM Research Centre has been selected as a partner in one of four new world-class Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres announced this morning as part of a €74m investment by my own Department of Enterprise through Science Foundation Ireland. Congratulations to Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials) Director, who I was with in Dublin Castle for the announcement. This partnership will put WIT’s outstanding researchers at the forefront of delivering strategic benefits for Ireland in the years to come in terms of education and training, job creation, advancing key sectors and important scientific discoveries. As part of the collaboration, WIT Research Centre’s input will assist I- FORM in enhancing processing efficiency for Irish manufacturing, allowing the production of highly customised 3-D printed components exhibiting superior performance. The Centre will enhance the manufacturability of bespoke components and products using 3D printing techniques. This technology enables manufactured components to be customised for individual end users. For example, artificial joints and implantable medical devices can be tailored to match the needs of individual patients. The I-FORM Centre will make a distinct and positive impact on the international competitiveness of Irish additive manufacturing and I am delighted that WIT’s talented researchers will be playing such a key role in this, it is well-deserved recognition of their excellent work."

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SEAM Centre Director Ramesh Raghavendra with Minister John Halligan, I-Form Director Prof. Denis Dowling, and SFI Executive Ms. Ruth Freeman at the official launch of the the I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Dublin Castle