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The Manufacturing Cost Guide: A Primer Beta Version 0.1



Douglas Thomas


This primer provides an overview in using the Manufacturing Cost Guide. It walks through the software tool and provides documentation on how the estimates are calculated in the tool. This tool estimates the costs in US manufacturing, which can be used to help gauge the potential returns on manufacturing industry research projects. These costs are grouped into various standardized categories such as the North American Industry Classification System and the Standard Occupational Classification system along with other non-standardized costs.
Advanced Manufacturing Series (NIST AMS) - 200-7
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Manufacturing, primer, manufacturing cost guide, supply chain, input-output


Thomas, D. (2019), The Manufacturing Cost Guide: A Primer Beta Version 0.1, Advanced Manufacturing Series (NIST AMS), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created July 9, 2019, Updated June 24, 2021