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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
Forensic Topography and Surface Metrology

We seek to build the scientific infrastructure for objective forensic firearm and toolmark identification by developing rigorous procedures to … 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

Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing

A new vision for U. S. manufacturing is emerging to strengthen U. S. competitiveness in the face of global trends that are driving manufacturers … more

Novel Sources for Focused-ion Beams

Focused beams of ions have a wide range of uses, from nanoscale imaging to the fabrication of nanomaterials. In the CNST, researchers are … more

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

Instruments
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

Software
Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR)

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

Expect

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

DEXML

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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