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Design, Developments, and Results from the NIST Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT)



Brandon M. Lane, Sergey Mekhontsev, Steven E. Grantham, Mihaela Vlasea, Justin G. Whiting, Ho Yeung, Jason C. Fox, Clarence J. Zarobila, Jorge E. Neira, Michael L. McGlauflin, Leonard M. Hanssen, Shawn P. Moylan, M A. Donmez, Joseph P. Rice


NIST is developing a facility titled the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed that will enable advanced research into monitoring, controls, process development, and temperature measurement for laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing and similar processes. This system provides open control architecture as well as a plethora of sensor systems and calibration sources which are primarily radiance-based and aligned co-axially with the laser beam and focused on the laser interaction zone. This paper briefly reviews the system requirements, and details the current progress of the facility design and construction. Mechanical, optical, and control systems designs are detailed with select highlights that may be relevant to additive manufacturing researchers and system developers. Recent experiment results from the prototype laser control and in-situ monitoring system are also highlighted.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
Conference Dates
August 8-10, 2016
Conference Location
Austin, TX
Conference Title
Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium


additive manufacturing, testbed, laser


Lane, B. , Mekhontsev, S. , Grantham, S. , Vlasea, M. , Whiting, J. , Yeung, H. , Fox, J. , Zarobila, C. , Neira, J. , McGlauflin, M. , Hanssen, L. , Moylan, S. , Donmez, M. and Rice, J. (2016), Design, Developments, and Results from the NIST Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT), Proceedings of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, Austin, TX, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created August 10, 2016, Updated October 20, 2017