Director of the Product Innovation & Multiphysics Simulation Unit at Eurecat
Irene Rafols is a qualified architect, having graduated from ETSAB – Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and holds a master’s degree in computer-integrated engineering from CIM – Polytechnic University of Catalonia. For over 10 years, she has led and participated in various funded R&D projects (both national and European) and developed products for private companies in a range of sectors, including medicine, sports, construction and consumer goods. She also holds three patents.
She currently directs the Product Development Unit at Eurecat, specialising in the development of new products from concept to first series with a great degree of technological innovation, a benefit offered by all technological departments at Eurecat. For two years now, she has been promoting research into DFAM (design for additive manufacturing) within the department she leads, focusing resources on topology optimisation, the structural characterisation of the mesoscale level, and the effects of different additive manufacturing technologies on the piece’s final geometry and mechanical performance.