NS using 3D printing for train maintenance (Int’lRailwayJ)

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NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has begun introducing 3D printed components as part of its train maintenance activities with 20 components currently available and plans in place to produce more than 50 by the end of the year.

NS has already installed 3D printed components in trains operating on the Dutch network and says 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), offers the benefits of reduced delivery times for components and cuts in maintenance operation times, which helps to avoid a shortage of trains in service.

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