Energetics Supports National Institute of Standards and Technology Effort

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing, which provides a framework for a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Energetics worked with NIST to develop the roadmap and facilitate the workshop on which the document was based.

Innovative additive manufacturing (AM) processes that fabricate parts layer-by-layer directly from a 3-D digital model have great potential for producing high-value, complex, individually customized parts. AM is an emerging tool for reducing time to market, improving product quality, and reducing the cost to manufacture products. AM is an important research priority for NIST, who tasked Energetics with helping to develop a roadmap that would serve as a guide that identifies future desired capabilities, challenges, and priority research and development (R&D) topics in polymer-based AM.

Energetics contributed to every phase of roadmap development. We designed and facilitated the workshop, which brought together nearly 100 AM experts from industry, government, national laboratories, and academia to identify measurement science challenges and associated R&D needs for polymer-based AM systems. We gathered and analyzed the expert input and used the findings to develop the roadmap, which detailed analyses of the complexities surrounding material characterization, process modeling, in situ measurement, performance, and other cross-cutting challenges for polymer-based AM. We then worked with NIST to finalize the document.

The roadmap can help public and private decision-makers interested in furthering the technology’s capabilities and accelerating its more widespread use. In addition, the report will contribute to a robust national research agenda for polymer-based AM.