Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has opened a new additive manufacturing (AM) research laboratory.

AMBER, the AR-Lab (Additive Research Laboratory) was established with a €4.3 million investment from Science Foundation Ireland and the European Research Council and will focus on research into new materials, printing methods and ways to extend the capability of 2D and 3D printing to develop new medical, electronic, mechanical, optical, acoustic, heat transfer, and sensing devices.

The AR-Lab features a combination of both Irish and global 3D printers spanning the full spectrum of materials from ceramics, metals to polymers and biomaterials.

‘Additive manufacturing is being hailed as part of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, marked by emerging technologies including nanotechnology, bio-technology, and the internet of things,’ said Dr Patrick Prendergast, Trinity’s Provost. However, the materials and techniques needed to progress from a niche area into widespread application requires intense research. The opening of this laboratory Trinity is an exciting development and will allow AMBER to undertake world leading research that will sponsor innovation and allow Ireland to exploit the technologies to deliver economic and societal benefits for the country.’

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