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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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Digital Thread for Smart Manufacturing

We live in a new manufacturing era that has been called the Third Industrial Revolution [1] , which is characterized by the digitization of … more

Prognostics and Health Management for Smart Manufacturing Systems

Complex system, sub-system, and component interactions within smart manufacturing systems make it challenging to determine specific influences of … more

Wireless Systems Metrology

Imagine how much safer a fire fighter's job would be if it were possible for a robot to navigate in a burning building and locate those in need of … more

Advanced Dimensional Measurement Systems for Manufacturing

The US manufacturing industry is experiencing an increase in the variety of dimensional measuring systems available to more rapidly inspect high … more

Standard Test Methods for Response Robots

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a comprehensive set of standard test methods and associated … 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

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


Reeper is a set of Ruby tools for manipulating ISO EXPRESS data models. The input to Reeper is the standard XML representation of the EXPRESS … more

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