The depth and breadth of Y-12's manufacturing capabilities and expertise enable Y-12 to address current and emerging national security challenges by providing leadership and direction to perform the following activities:
- solving unique, high-risk manufacturing problems;
- eliminating the most difficult manufacturability and development obstacles;
- protecting classified and proprietary materials, components, and information;
- developing unique technologies to optimize manufacturing and systems performance; and
- executing projects cost effectively and with timeliness.
Y-12 accomplishes this mission to meet the national security challenges of today and those of the future, with capability and expertise in the following areas:
- manufacture of high-value/low-volume (HV/LV) products
- fabrication and assembly
- design for manufacturability
- model based applications
- development of prototypes
- precision metrology
- analytical chemistry
- national security systems development
- physical and cyber security
Specializing in high-risk, complex prototype work, the National Prototype Center integrates manufacturing, engineering and science to build first-of-a-kind products. It also modifies or enhances existing products and develops new, innovative manufacturing processes to solve the toughest manufacturing problems.
Since its establishment in 1997, more than 5,000 industries and government agencies have capitalized on the resources of the National Prototype Center.