Additive February 15, 2024 United States

Lincoln Electric Partners with Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. to Support the U.S. Navy

The Development Effort Advances Lincoln Electric’s Large-Scale 3D Metal Printing Manufacturing Process for BPMI’s Mission Critical Applications

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CLEVELAND (February 15, 2024) – Lincoln Electric is pleased to announce that its industry-leading proprietary, large-scale 3D metal printing solution has been selected by Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (“BPMI”) for development to support the U.S. Navy. As part of the development program, Lincoln Electric will be 3D printing large-scale propulsion components measuring almost 10 feet in diameter and weighing up to 20,000 pounds.

“We are proud to continue expanding our network of strategic program partners to the U.S. Navy,” commented Barbara Staniscia, BPMI’s President and General Manager. “Metal additive manufacturing is pivotal to driving innovation and supply chain resiliency, enabling the program to deliver advanced capabilities to the U.S. Navy.”

“We are pleased to be a strategic partner to BPMI and support the U.S. Navy’s goal to accelerate shipbuilding,” stated Mark Douglass, Ph.D., Business Development Manager, Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions. “We believe our advanced manufacturing process, supported by inhouse wire feedstock production and industry-leading application, automation and metallurgical expertise can add significant value in meeting the U.S. Navy’s goals.”

Lincoln Electric operates the world’s largest wire-based 3D metal printing platform in Cleveland, Ohio and is fully vertically integrated with high-volume wire manufacturing across a range of alloys, 3D robotic cell integration and proprietary SculptPrint OS software. The state-of-the-art additive manufacturing solution rapidly 3D prints large-scale, metal-based parts directly from CAD files up to 8 times faster than traditional casting or forging methods. For more information about Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions, please visit



Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of advanced arc welding solutions, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Lincoln is recognized as the Welding Expert™ for its leading materials science, software development, automation engineering, and application expertise, which advance customers’ fabrication capabilities to help them build a better world. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 71 manufacturing and automation system integration locations across 21 countries and maintains a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices serving customers in over 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company’s website at