Additive Manufacturing


The next manufacturing frontier is already here. Through industrial 3D printing, known as additive manufacturing, we are bringing people closer to products to solve challenges in new ways.

Imagine a world in which we can additively manufacture a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a new organ to save someone’s life. A world with spare parts on demand. Faster maintenance and repairs. New materials in space. More effective electronics. And customized weapons for even the most remotely located troops and sailors. This is the art of the possible as 3D printing techniques and technology evolve.

We are bringing design engineers to the factory floor to produce parts, layer by layer, that previously could not be built. Once built, we are qualifying these parts to be used in real-world applications for military, civil and commercial opportunities.

Did you know that 3D parts have flown in space! Juno, which arrived to Jupiter July 4, 2016, is the first Lockheed Martin spacecraft ever to fly 3-D printed parts—a set of eight titanium waveguide brackets.

Additive manufacturing taps into the creative possibilities of the mind, allowing our engineers to manufacture components quickly and affordably with design geometries that have never been possible. Creativity is the cornerstone of breakthrough technology, and we are on the leading edge in this new wave of advanced manufacturing.   

So how do we go from concept to 3D printed part? Take a look at this infographic and we’ll take you step-by-step through the process of 3D printing for satellites. 

3D Printing at Lockheed Martin