Science Foundation Ireland - PhD in 3D Printing of Polymer Medical Devices

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  • název organizace
    University College Dublin/I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (I-Form). I-Form is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.
  • termín uzávěrky
    Professions and applied sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


3D printing (Additive Manufacturing), is increasing being applied for the fabrication of medical devices. One of the advantages of the technology is its ability to tailor the design, to meet specific patient needs. Given the individualized part printing however, a key consideration is to ensure the quality of the printed device. This PhD project will involve the printing of both polymeric and fibre reinforced polymer composites, for use in prosthetic devices. The printing will be carried out using both a laboratory and a pilot scale Fused Filament Fabrication system. The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the printed parts will be extensively investigated and correlated with the processing conditions. A number of advanced process diagnostic techniques (including optical imagining), will be used to monitor the printing process. Working closely with colleagues in Computer Science, the data collected will be analysed, in order to provide process feedback. The objective is to determine if the in-process measurements can be correlated with print defects (i.e. porosity), and where possible can help to predict the formation of defects before they occur. Web sites: www.I-Form.ie and www.ucd.ie/surfaces

What is funded:

Fees and scholarship



4 years



A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science. PhD funding is available for EU students only. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to Prof. Denis Dowling, I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, University College Dublin (denis.dowling@ucd.ie). Closing date for applications Monday January 6th, 2020. 



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