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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. defense technology.

What is additive manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the process of creating three-dimensional objects by adding materials layer by layer using 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 defense machinery components, allowing thorough testing and validation before production launch.

Customizing components

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

Producing spare parts through on-demand manufacturing

Additive manufacturing enables the production of spare parts as needed, which ensures availability and reduces downtime.

Creating tooling and fixtures

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

Reducing Lead Times and Errors

Because additive manufacturing doesn’t require physical tooling modifications, only digital data (e.g., CAD geometry) modifications, it reduces both lead time and human error in high-mix-low-volume (HMLV) environments.

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 create counts

Beyond its time- and cost-saving benefits, additive manufacturing can provide a life-saving solution in an emergency.

Picture this: A mission critical part fails hours before a submarine is set to depart from port. You quickly access CAD files and fabricate a replacement part using metal additive manufacturing just in time to ensure crew safety and mission success.

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

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 opportunity to assume leadership roles? Perhaps you’re interested in designing and developing vital components for state-of-the-art defense technology.

Additive manufacturing could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Join the new era of innovation

Defy the limits of possibility

Shape the future of manufacturing

Take your skillset to new heights

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, your transferable skills can get you started in a career in manufacturing. Discover how you can utilize your expertise to pursue opportunities in defense manufacturing.

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