Open government data powers software applications that help manufacturers make informed decisions.

While we can’t and don’t endorse specific apps, below are just a few examples of government, citizen, and business tools that: use open government data from the United States; are accessible, vetted, and available; and are, for the majority, free and do not require registration to use. Submit Manufacturing application suggestions at Contact Manufacturing and see more examples of applications made with open government data at

Object Oriented Finite Element (OOF)

Finite Element Analysis of Microstructures:
Available for free download, OOF software is designed to help materials scientists calculate macroscopic properties from images of real or simulated microstructures. It reads an image, assigns material properties to features in the image, and conducts virtual experiments to determine the macroscopic properties of the microstructure.