In an era where cutting-edge technology can make the difference between success and failure, the United States Navy is leading the way in embracing 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, to enhance the production and maintenance of its submarines.

Rear Admiral Jonathan Rucker recently emphasized the pivotal role of additive manufacturing during a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing.

This groundbreaking approach is revolutionizing submarine construction, ensuring timely delivery, and bolstering the Navy’s capacity to maintain its fleet.

The Need

The US Navy’s ambitious goals include building one Columbia-class and two Virginia-class submarines annually.