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Manufacturing Portal - Overview

Providing technical support to the nation's manufacturing industries as they strive to out-innovate and outperform the international competition has always been one of NIST's top priorities.

Innovation and manufacturing work hand in hand. An innovation ecosystem has many interrelated elements—entrepreneurs, skilled workers, tax policies, to name a few. But without manufacturing, the economic magic of innovation is not nearly as potent and its benefits to the nation are not nearly as great.  

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Programs and Projects
In Situ Characterization of Nanoscale Gas-Solid Interactions by TEM

Observing and measuring the dynamic changes that take place at the nanometer scale during the synthesis and operation of active nanostructures is … more

Nanoparticle Tracking for Fluidic Self Assembly (Archived)

One challenge of nanomanufacturing is to establish methods to assemble solution-based nanoparticles into organized structures with nanometer … more

Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers (Archived)

One of the major obstacles to incorporating nanotechnology into everyday products is the difficulty of making nanoscale structures inexpensively … more

Manipulating the Position and Orientation of Nanoparticles using Feedback Control (Archived)

To advance the development of miniaturized systems, there is a need to place nanostructured materials in very precise locations. Only then can … more

Nanotribology for Nanomanufacturing (Archived)

Tribology is the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion and includes studies of friction, adhesion, lubrication, and … more

Real-Time Tracking and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Individual Nanoparticles (Archived)

The behavior and properties of macroscale objects are stable and predictable because they are the result of the average behavior of very large … more

Robotics Test Facility

Located on the NIST Gaithersburg campus, the Robotics Test Facility – also known as Building 207 – is a laboratory for developing standard methods … more

Manufacturing Robotics Testbed

TThe NIST manufacturing robotics test bed consists of several labs located in three buildings on the main NIST campus. Combined, these serve as a … more

Virtual Factory Testbed

The Virtual Factory Testbed (VFT) is comprised of three physical facilities linked by a standalone network (VFNet). The three facilities are the … more

Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Research Facility

The NIST Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Research Facility includes two commercial metal-based AM systems located in two different buildings on … more

Aperture area measurement facility

NIST has established an absolute aperture area measurement facility for circular and near-circular apertures use in radiometric instruments. The … more

STEP File Analyzer

The STEP File Analyzer is a software tool that generates a spreadsheet from a STEP (ISO 10303 –STandard for Exchange of Product model data) file. … more

Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR)

The Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR) aims to provide a centralized access to sustainability indicators to help companies … more

Exercise Control System

The Systems Integration Division's (SID) Manufacturing & Modeling Simulation Group (MSG) worked with San Francisco Communications to support … more

STEP Class Library (SCL)

The NIST STEP Class Library (SCL) is a set of C++ class libraries which are capable of representing information conforming to the EXPRESS (ISO … more


* Download Expect source from SourceForge * Download Expect binaries from ActiveState * Expect Homepage Expect is a tool for automating … more


DEXML is a tool based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML) to aid in specifying and implementing data exchange specifications (known as DEXs) … more

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