The Fellows of the Marketing Institute of Ireland are briefed on the Amber Project at Trinity College.
Amber, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre, which is located at Trinity College Dublin, has launched a new additive manufacturing lab to produce three-dimensional objects without the need for complex moulds or extrusion.
The centre has invested in a suite of 3D printing technology that spans the full spectrum of materials from ceramics and metals, to polymers and biomaterials. Researchers at the lab will be using the first-of-its-kind machinery to try to discover new materials and printing methods that could be drivers for technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), wearable and flexible devices, and personalised healthcare products.
Additive manufacturing, which is more commonly described as “3D printing”, has been hailed in some quarters as part of the “fourth industrial revolution” and it has applications across a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare and defense. The market is projected to be worth as much as $600 billion (€491 billion) by 2025.