Additive Manufacturing Benchmarks 2018 (AM-Bench 2018)

June 18-21, 2018 ● National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Headquarters
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Housing and Travel

Hotel Location
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: 301-977-8900
Fax: 301-977-3450

A block of rooms has been reserved for AM-Bench 2018 attendees at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg at a special rate. Accommodations must be secured by May 25, 2018.

Rate: $139 per night (Includes full breakfast)
Please note that these rates are not guaranteed once the block is full, or beyond May 25, 2018, whichever comes first.

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About the Hotel

The Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg is located a short distance from the AM-Bench 2018 technical sessions and other events being held at NIST headquarters. It is also within walking distance of Gaithersburg Square and Lakeforest Mall, offering a variety of restaurants and food options, as well as convenience stores and other shopping. The hotel itself has a pool, a fitness room, room service, a bar area, an on-site restaurant, and a Starbucks café.

Transportation from Hotel to NIST Headquarters

Limited shuttle service between the hotel and NIST facilities will be provided. Details coming soon. 

Directions from the Hilton Washington DC North
(620 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg, MD 20877) to NIST headquarters (100 Bureau Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20899):

  • Head southwest on Perry Pkwy
  • Turn right onto MD-117 W/W Diamond Ave
  • Turn left onto Bureau Dr
  • Continue straight to stay on Bureau Dr. Destination will be on the right

Total: 4 minutes, 1.3 miles

Taxi: $10

Shuttle: The Hilton Washington/DC North Gaithersburg hotel offers a complementary shuttle for destinations within a 5-mile radius.

Driving to NIST?

If you are planning on driving to the NIST Gaithersburg campus and are bringing a vehicle onto the campus, be prepared to present your vehicle registration card along with your photo ID and/or passport to NIST security upon arrival.

Drivers should enter through Gate F, near Administration Building 101 (conference location). All registered attendees will be sent pre-arrival instructions, including a pass for their vehicle dashboard to be used for the duration of the conference. Download the NIST campus map here.

To get to Gate F, please use the following GPS address:

409 Muddy Branch Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Visit the NIST website for driving directions. All drivers should plan for extra time to get through security checkpoints at the visitor entrances.

Transportation Options to Hotel

From Dulles International Airport
Driving Distance: 37 minutes, 32.7 miles
Taxi: $70
Other Transportation: Visit the airport website.

From Reagan National Airport
Driving Distance: 34 minutes, 27.9 miles
Taxi: $78
Other Transportation: Visit the airport website.

From Baltimore–Washington International Airport
Driving Distance: 42 minutes, 41.4 miles
Taxi: $89
Other Transportation: Visit the airport website.

Obtain a Travel Visa for Conference Held in the United States

Visa Application Process

Meeting attendees from countries that require a visa to enter the United States are reminded that the process of obtaining a visa takes a minimum of three months. You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and begin the application process early.

The U.S. State Department website includes visa information concerning temporary visitors to the United States that may be helpful to you.

Please note that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which is expected to be mandatory for Visa Waiver Program travelers. Complete information is available on the Visa Waiver Program page of the U.S. State Department website.

Generate a Visa Letter

To generate an official visa invitation letter for this meeting, please select an option below based upon your attendee status. To personalize the letter, follow the instructions and type in the information in the appropriate places. Then, print the letter and submit it along with other required documentation to the appropriate Consulate/Embassy. Please note that this letter does not guarantee you will be granted a visa. If you need additional assistance, e-mail Diana Grady, or call at 1–724–776–9000, ext. 256.


Letters for use in visa application packages will only be provided to individuals known to TMS, including:

  • TMS members
  • Presenters
  • Exhibitors and/or sponsors
  • Registrants
  • Attendees of one or more past TMS events

If you are neither a TMS member, nor a presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, or past attendee, then you must register and agree to attend the event for which the letter is requested.

TMS cannot send the letter to an embassy or consulate for you nor can we contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the United States. It is crucial for the success of the application to apply at least three months in advance. TMS may contact program participants (abstract submitters) to follow up on specific visa requirements and may provide customized letters and supporting documentation as needed. If you do not receive a timely response from TMS, please check your spam filter or junk e-mail folder for your letter.

For More Information

For more information about this meeting, please complete the meeting inquiry form or contact:

TMS Meeting Services
5700 Corporate Drive Suite 750
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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Other Countries: 1-724-776-9000, ext. 241
Fax: 1-724-776-3770