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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
Systems Integration for Additive Manufacturing

Numerous research efforts are underway to reduce the time and improve the quality of the product realization process for additive manufacturing. A … more

Real-Time Control of Additive Manufacturing Processes

Part quality in additive manufacturing (AM) is highly variable due inadequate dimensional tolerances, surface roughness, and defects, thereby … more

Characterization of Additive Manufacturing Materials

Currently there is a lack of AM parts in high-performance applications, due to a lack of publicly available high-fidelity data that has associated … more

Measurement Science for Additive Manufacturing

This program addresses measurements and standards necessary to develop and deploy advances in measurement science that will enable rapid … more

Performance of Collaborative Robot Systems

The widespread use of robots in flexible factory environments is limited by the robots’ inability to coordinate, communicate, and understand their … more

Performance Assessment Framework for Robotic Systems

Most assembly tasks are not readily automatable today due to robots’ limited perception, mobility, and dexterity. 1,2 Furthermore, there are no … 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

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

Advanced Manufacturing Test Bed

The NIST robot test bed is located in the NIST machine shops on the main campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It serves as a resource for research in … 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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