NIST’s Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed

Researchers from two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories have teamed up to build the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT), a custom-made 3D printer that they can use to better understand AM processes. Their goal is to study the process in-depth and produce the tools that users need to monitor the process in real time. In this photograph, manufacturing engineer Jared Tarr removes excess metal powder from a completed object.

Founded in 1901, NIST is a nonregulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. From atomic clocks and advanced nanomaterials to cybersecurity and forensic science, innumerable products and services rely on the technologies, measurements, and standards provided by NIST.


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