Delivering Manufacturing Innovation

December 4-5, 2012; NIST Roadmapping Workshop:Measurement Science for Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a two-day Roadmapping Workshop on Measurement Science for Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing at the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus on December 4-5, 2012.


Additive manufacturing (AM) is a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Innovative additive manufacturing processes that fabricate parts layer-by-layer directly from the 3-D digital model have great potential for making high-value, complex, individually customized parts. However, key issues must be addressed to achieve widespread use of additive processes for direct part
production and realize the potential economic benefits. Among the issues to be addressed are gaps in measurement methods, performance metrics, and standards needed to evaluate fundamental AM process characteristics, improve the performance of AM equipment, improve the accuracy of AM parts, and increase the confidence in the mechanical properties of parts fabricated using these systems.


This event will bring together experts in AM from diverse stakeholder groups to identify the priority measurement science challenges and associated R&D needs for metal-based AM systems. The results of the workshop will serve as the foundation for development of a measurement science roadmap for AM. The workshop agenda includes stage-setting speakers, panel discussions, and facilitated break-out sessions. The emphasis will be on defining requirements and priorities in areas such as:

AM materials

AM processes and equipment

Qualification and certification of materials, processes, and products

Modeling and simulation of AM


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