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The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is part of the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. The IfM integrates research and education with practical application in industry. It disseminates its research findings via a university-owned knowledge transfer company, IfM Engage.[1][2]


The IfM is located at the Alan Reece building on the University's West Cambridge Site[3] in the United Kingdom. Previously, the institute occupied the former Cambridge University Press building in Mill Lane before moving to the large, custom building in West Cambridge in June 2009.[4]

IfM Engage

IfM Engage Ltd is a university-owned company,[5] embedded within the IfM and responsible for the IfM's knowledge transfer and dissemination activities. IfM Engage involves a team of experienced industry professionals who work closely with IfM research centers to ensure a seamless exchange of ideas between the industry and the university. They engage with companies via a program of education and consultancy services, short courses, and events. Projects range from small-scale operational improvements for local companies to a major business realignment of multi-national corporations and the public sector. [6][7]


  1. ^ "IfM Engage | University of Cambridge". IfM Engage. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Inside Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing with Tim Minshall and Sir Mike Gregory". Cambridge Independent. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge". Ultra Precision. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  4. ^ "About | IfM Engage | the University of Cambridge". IfM Engage. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  5. ^ "IfM provides SMEs in the East of England with a £2.25m boost". The Manufacturer. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  6. ^ "High-value manufacturing strategy now published". Technology Strategy Board. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2012.