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Controlling Moving and Shaking for Better Space Travel and Horse Training

Movement affects performance, whether it is a spacecraft, a robotic arm or even a horse. That is why Dr David McKeown at UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is developing new ways to monitor movement and, in some cases, make adjustments on the fly to improve performance.
Dr McKeown's research will help to improve the design of next generation rockets so they can carry payloads safely and more economically into space. His work is also supporting the first Irish satellite, robotic arm development for future Mars missions and even how to detect future lameness in high performance horses.

Novel “Direct Part Marking” Technology Improves Bar Code “Readability” on Metal Surfaces

The UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering have patented* a novel technology for "direct part marking (DPM)”. The technology produces 2D data matrices of excellent quality shown by verifications to the ISO29158 (AIM-DPM) standard where A-ratings were consistently achieved. This greatly facilitates ease of reading “in-process” and “in-the-field” over the product life cycle.

Centenary Celebration - Civil, Electrical & Electronic and Mechanical and Materials Engineering

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture are delighted to announce the centenary celebration of the UCD Schools of Civil, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Since 1919, over 7,500 engineering gradautes from these three Schools have gone on to play leading roles in industry, business, academia and society

SFI Research Centre hosts EU Industry Day session on advanced manufacturing

I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, on Tuesday hosted a thought-provoking session on 3D printing in manufacturing at the ‘EU Industry Days’ event at The Egg in Brussels. I-Form, headquartered at University College Dublin, was the only Irish entity to organise a session at ‘EU Industry Days’ and is taking a leading role in the debate on the development of advanced and additive manufacturing in Europe. The session was titled: “Manufacturing as a service: The additive manufacturing promises to the EU economy”.

Towards Mass Production for Precision Micro/Nano Devices

Many industries require precision components. Manufacturing these components can involve engineering materials and features at tiny scales, on the order of microns or even nanometers (billionths of metres).
Dr Nan Zhang at UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering aims to help bring innovations in precision manufacturing from the lab-based prototypes to the large volume of manufacturing that industry needs. The research is building capacity in Ireland to enable the mass production of precision micro/nano devices.

Research to improve welding and 3D printing processes for manufacturing industries

New research, led by the University of Leicester, will optimise the welding and additive manufacturing process Arc welding and additive manufacturing are hugely important for creating large metal components relatively inexpensively and quickly. New research led by Professor Hongbiao Dong from the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering has shown how to optimise this process to improve efficiency and cost. The research, which was a collaboration between the University of Leicester, Delft University of Technology, Diamond Light Source, University College Dublin and TATA Steel Research UK was recently published in Nature Communications.