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Additive Manufacturing

Help lead the new era of manufacturing by using your knowledge of CAD-driven 3D printing to create crucial prototypes, parts and components for the next generation of U.S. Navy submarines.

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What is additive manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the process of creating three-dimensional objects by adding materials layer by layer using a computer-aided design (CAD) software. This innovative process has become a crucial component of submarine manufacturing and offers several benefits:

Prototyping and designing

It enables the rapid production of scale models and functional prototypes for submarine components which allows for thorough testing and validation before final production.

Customizing components

It facilitates the creation of complex and custom-designed parts that may pose challenges or be costly to manufacture using traditional methods.

Building lightweight structures

This technology enables the development of lightweight structures that maintain high strength and durability.

Producing spare parts through on-demand manufacturing

It enables the production of spare parts as needed which ensures availability and reduces downtime.

Creating tooling and fixtures

Specialized tooling and fixtures crucial to submarine construction and maintenance can be created using this technology.

Enhancing acoustics and hydrodynamics

It allows for the production of intricate structures such as acoustic damping components and hydrodynamic fairings which effectively reduce noise and drag, thereby improving overall submarine performance.

A group of craftspeople working on a metal object in a factory.
A closeup of a man working on a 3D printer.
A closeup of a man and a woman looking into a 3D printer.
A group of craftspeople working on a metal object in a factory.

Where what you make matters

Beyond its time and cost-saving benefits, additive manufacturing can turn into a life-saving solution in emergencies. 

Imagine this scenario: A submarine is far out at sea when a critical component of the air purification system suddenly fails. However, thanks to CAD files you designed, the crew can print out replacement parts using onboard 3D printers, minimizing downtime and ensuring the vessel remains safe and fully operational.

Now envision a career where the renders you design keep seawater from seeping in at 4,500 feet below sea level. Where the CAD files you deliver are used to build the communications systems that keep a crew in contact with command half a world away. 

You will play a pivotal role in a greater mission; your contributions will strengthen national security while providing a stable and rewarding career for yourself.


You’re stepping out of your comfort zone, you’re diving into something different, and it allows you to explore new ventures.”

Additive Manufacturer, ATDM

Is additive manufacturing right for you?

Would you like to work in a rapidly developing environment, where newly hired employees have the chance to assume leadership roles? Perhaps you’re interested in designing and developing vital components for state-of-the-art submarines.

Additive manufacturing could be the perfect opportunity for you.

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Join the new era of innovation

Defy the limits of possibility

Shape the future of manufacturing

Want to start a career in additive manufacturing but not sure where to begin?

Learn how to harness CAD-driven 3D printing for U.S. defense technology with a range of training programs designed to equip you with the skills you need for success. Choose from a variety of training opportunities, including the Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM) program, which can help you earn industry-recognized certifications in just four months.

Take your skills to new depths

You’ve got the experience. You can build CAD files in your sleep and your slicing chops are legendary.

Whether you’re currently designing automotive parts, rendering aerospace prototypes, or 3D printing prosthetics, you have the transferable skills that can get you started in a career in submarine manufacturing. Explore how you can leverage your expertise into a career in the Submarine Industrial Base.

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