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Nik Hrabe (Fed)

Nik Hrabe is a staff metallurgist and project leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he currently leads the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Fatigue and Fracture Project (  He began working in AM in 2006 using first generation electron beam powder bed fusion (PBF-EB) to study fatigue behavior of titanium lattice structures for orthopaedic applications.  Before coming to NIST, Nik worked for 3D Systems Healthcare using PBF-EB and PBF-L to develop implants and instrumentation, secure regulatory approval, and contract manufacture for clients within the medical device industry.



  • 2023 US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal              
  • 2020 ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Young Professional Award        
  • 2020 NIST Material Measurement Laboratory Mentor Accolade  
  • 2012 Outstanding Poster Award, NIST-Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium        
  • 2010 National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship              


Created October 9, 2019, Updated February 1, 2024