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About STAM

Welcome to STAM, The Trinity College Dublin Science and Technology in Advanced Manufacturing Research Group. We undertake research and collaborate with industry, foundations and initiative partners to develop and innovate advanced manufacturing processes, systems, practices and techniques.

Now, more than ever, engineers are required to apply their scientific knowledge to the manifold challenges facing the world. These interventions must be achieved in a way that conserves and enhances the environments and populations affected by these interventions. The underlying of philosophy STAM is that advanced manufacturing technologies lie at the heart of the intersection between Engineering, Energy and the Environment (E3).

Developments of manufacturing technologies increasingly determine and underpin many of the significant advancements in our society. They enable biomedical, aerospace, automotive, energy and ICT technologies, to name a few. Accordingly, research and development in advanced manufacturing is ever more a result of collaboration in these areas. STAM grew out of recognising these factors, and is an industry facing research group, focused on acting and engaging with sectors depending on advanced manufacturing.

Research Interests

The research interests of STAM include large scale collaborative research projects, the applications and development of manufacturing techniques such as Cold Spray, 3D printing in novel materials including metals and polymers, as well as research into grinding, forming, high speed machining and joining, and the development of strategies inside the topic area of Industry 4.0.

Applications of these research areas span biomedical technologies, aerospace, automotive, energy and ICT.

STAM undertakes research work at three levels:

  • Fundamental science underpinning manufacturing processes and process material interaction
  • Application investigations in manufacturing processes and New Process Introduction (NPrI) e.g. smart manufacturing - Industry 4.0
  • Direct industry collaboration

The group is also active in the area of Environmentally Benign Manufacturing, aligned with E3, including topics such as energy efficiency in manufacturing processes, e.g. analysis of compressed air, industrial water consumption and Energy Systems Integration (ESI).


STAM is characterised by a strong level of interdisciplinary collaboration within Trinity, and with industry and other research entities nationally and internationally. We are focused on innovation and the implementation of technology to enable state of the art production. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more.