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Sustainable manufacturing


Anyone who’s ever covered a wall with sticky notes to clearly map all of the steps in a process knows how valuable that exercise can be. It can streamline workflows, increase efficiency, and improve the overall quality of the end result. That’s also true for sustainable manufacturing, thanks to an innovative international standard created by a public-private team led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The standard helps manufacturers “map” the critically important environmental aspects of their processes, leading to significant improvements in sustainability while keeping a product’s life cycle low-cost and efficient. Learn more about sustainable manufacturing standards related to ASTM.

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Side-by-side micrographs show elongated grains inside 3D-printed stainless steel.

Researchers Uncover How to 3D-Print One of the Strongest Stainless Steels

Circular economy illustration has a circle with images of a dump, a scientist, a sea turtle, a water bottle.

NIST Awards Funding for Educational Programs on a Circular Economy to Reduce Plastic Waste

Donated clothes in see-through plastic bags are piled up

Your Clothes Can Have an Afterlife