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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
Performance Metrics and Benchmarks to Advance the State of Robotic Grasping

With a growing number of robot hands, there is an increasing need to capture their individual competencies and characteristics under a unified … 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

SI Length and Traceability

In total, the SI Length and Traceability project addresses some central aspects of three cornerstones of precision length measurements: … more

U.S. Tag for ISO/TC 276: Biotechnology

Coordination of national and international standards activities is critical to ensuring that international standards advancement moves in a … more

Wireless Platforms for Smart Manufacturing

Reliable and secure real-time performance of wireless platforms are challenging problems faced by manufacturers, who choose wireless platforms to … more

Nanoscale Stress Measurements and Standards

Our objective is to develop accurate measurement methods for the nanoscale stress distributions and surface defects that control device … 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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