Marine and Defense – Centre of Excellence in Canada

Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi, director of the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence and master’s student Carter Baxter examine a 3D printed metal component. The Centre will be the first in Canada to use 3D metal printing to create ship parts for the marine sector. Rob Blanchard/UNB

The University of New Brunswick has recently launched Canada’s first research centre for 3D metal printing for the marine and defense industries.

The new Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton is the first of its kind in Canada to combine research, commercialization and workforce development and training. The multi-million-dollar centre is currently funded by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

The centre will be the first in Canada to use 3D metal printing as a method for manufacturing certified, custom parts for the marine sector. Its mission is to ensure the adoption of this leading-edge technology in the marine sector in Canada by developing new methods, procedures, and effective training programs. This unique initiative will enable New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada to develop a core expertise in this emerging technology and help create the foundation for the next generation of manufacturing. By working closely together, the founding partners will ensure that this program has the best chance of succeeding long term in a globally competitive marketplace.