Overview of the Measurement Science for Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Program
This program addresses measurements and standards necessaryto develop and deploy advances in measurement science that will enable rapiddesign-to-product transformation; material characterization; in-process processsensing, monitoring, and model-based optimal control; performance qualificationof materials, processes and parts; and end-to-end digital implementation ofAdditive Manufacturing (AM) processes and systems. Reducing the barriers to widespreadimplementation and use of AM, such as process variability, fabrication speed,part accuracy, surface quality, and material properties is a main goal ofthe program. The program develops: standardized material characterizationmethods, exemplar data and databases to accelerate the design and use of AMparts; process metrology, sensing and control methods and algorithms tomaximize part quality and production throughput in AM; test methods, protocols,and reference data to reduce the cost and time to qualify AM materials,processes, and parts; and an information systems architecture, includingmetrics, information models, and validation methods to shorten thedesign-to-product cycle time in AM. Itis anticipated that this programmatic effort will facilitate: acceleratedproliferation of AM parts in high-performance applications benefiting from AM'sunique capabilities; improved quality and throughput for AM; rapid qualification of AM materials andprocesses leading to better understanding of AM and more confidence in AMproducts used in industry; and streamlined design-to-product transformationsleading towards more accessible AM technologies for small and medium-sizedcompanies, increasing industrial competitiveness.