The objective of the Smart Manufacturing Processes and Equipment Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science that will enable rapid, agile and cost-effective production of innovative, complex products through advanced manufacturing processes and equipment.
This program addresses measurements and standards necessary to develop next generation smart manufacturing processes and equipment that are optimized to enable cost effective and agile manufacturing of complex, technology-intensive, innovative, customized products of the future. The program will accomplish its objective through solution-enabling measurement science research and standards development on: (1) additive manufacturing, (2) smart machining, and (3) micro- and nano-manufacturing.
This program is closely aligned with the EL mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in technology-intensive manufacturing by anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs of the U.S. manufacturing industry. The program is structured around the EL vision to be the source for creating critical solution-enabling measurement science and for critical technical contributions underpinning emerging standards that will be used by the U.S. manufacturing industry. The program has the following unique features that distinguish it from manufacturing research conducted in industry and academia: 1) emphasis on baseline performance metrics, metrology, and standards that can be applied to a broad class of measurement and manufacturing technology challenges, 2) effective use of NIST’s demonstrated diverse interdisciplinary expertise, sustained commitment, and neutrality that are essential for the development of harmonized and unbiased national and international standards needed by broad sectors of industry. In short, NIST has the necessary expertise, program focus, and mission to address the high-priority measurement science challenges in smart manufacturing processes and equipment most needed by U.S. industry.
Some recent accomplishments in additive manufacturing include:
Some recent accomplishments in smart machining include:
Collage of manufacturing processes equipment.
Start Date:October 1, 2011
Lead Organizational Unit:el
Related Programs and Projects:
M. Alkan Donmez, Program Manager