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Brandon Lane

Mechanical Engineer

Brandon’s research focuses on applied sensing and monitoring of dynamic, high temperature manufacturing processes such as laser-based additive manufacturing (AM) and high speed machining.  His current research involves applied thermography, high speed imaging, image processing, machine metrology, and thermal material property measurement for the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) AM process.  Primary goals of this research are to 1) better understand the underlying physical phenomena that occur in high power laser interaction with metals and metal powders 2) investigate how these physical phenomena affect the accuracy and measurement uncertainty of process monitoring sensors and instrumentation and 3) utilize these measurements to improve, compare, or validate multi-physics models and simulations.  He leads the Metrology for Real-time Monitoring of Additive Manufacturing project, co-leads developments of the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT), and is on the organizing committee for the Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test Series (AM-Bench).


  • Best Paper Award – 2015 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium – for Lane et al. “Thermographic Measurements of the Commercial Laser Powder Bed Fusion Process at NIST” – Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
  • NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper 2014 – for Madhavan et al. “Fiber Orientation Angle Effects in Machining of Unidirectional CFRP Laminated Composites” – Presented at the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference



Created July 30, 2019