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Materials Measurement Science and Standards for Polymeric Additive Manufacturing


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

RO# Location
50.64.31.C0015 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Forbes, Thomas P 301.975.2111


The advent and evolution of three-dimensional (3D) printing and additive manufacturing has led to development of rapidly customizable manufacturing for areas from polymer microfluidic devices to metal replacement parts to carbon fiber blend car parts. Additive manufacturing and its umbrella of technologies have been applied in fields as diverse as aerospace, automotive, and biomedical. However, additive manufacturing remains hindered by inter- and intra-printer reproducibility and repeatability. In addition, the measurement science to enable a complete understanding of material properties, material interfaces, and overall performance of printed parts is needed. Related projects will aim to develop measurement science, standards, and basic understanding in the physics and chemistry of additive manufacturing processes, material interfaces (multi-material parts), pre- and post-print material properties and performance, and reproducibility, among others. Our facilities predominately revolve around polymer printing (single and multi-material), with select avenues for polymer-metal interfacing, including fused material deposition, thermal extrusion, stereolithography, photopolymer polyjet, inkjet, and micro-dispensing instrumentation. We also maintain an array of material and surface characterization instrumentation, including various ambient ionization mass spectrometry (MS) platforms, GC/MS, LC/MS, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and Raman and infrared spectroscopy, as well as collaboration with various other NIST laboratories and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). We are seeking independent, motivated individuals with backgrounds across the physical, engineering, chemical, and materials science disciplines to contribute to our collaborative, interdisciplinary projects


Additive manufacturing; 3D printing; Polymer printing; Chemical characterization; Materials measurement; Mass spectrometry; Interface science; Surface science;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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