About the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

Based at the University of New Brunswick and housed within the Faculty of Engineering, the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence is the first in Canada to use 3D metal printing to manufacture certified parts for the marine industry.

Through research, development and commercialization, the centre will help New Brunswick remain globally competitive and further grow the region’s export business opportunities.

Our mission

Our mission is to ensure the adoption of additive manufacturing in the industrial marine sector of Canada by developing methods, procedures, and effective workforce training systems. The Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will work with certification organizations to ensure that designs and parts developed will be certified for commercial use.

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, will revolutionize marine manufacturing in Canada. With this technology, Canadian fabricators can create new components on demand, simplify cumbersome supply chains and address the unique challenges of the marine sector. These challenges include:

  • corrosion
  • isolated systems (ships)
  • time-sensitive access to complex and critical spare parts (offshore oil and gas)

The process being pioneered at the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will dramatically change how ships are made. 3D printing provides the freedom to design more complex shapes with fewer independent parts, as well as the ability to combine assemblies into a single part.

Research will be led by Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi at UNB, with the 3D metal printing performed at an industrial fabrication and machine shop in Saint John, N.B.

Research and development topics include:

  • Enhanced corrosion protection 
  • Hybrid printing 
  • Smart parts 
  • Blast resistance 


Membership is available to organizations interested in the marine industry, naval technology and marine manufacturing that want to participate in research projects that will advance the adoption of additive manufacturing.

Industry funding partners

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Commercialization partner

  • Custom Fabricators & Machinists

Training partners

  • New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
  • Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)