Eurostar now leveraging 3D printing to streamline its components supply chain
Interest in 3D printing is brewing in the transportation sector. Rail companies, in particular, are launching pilots to test the technology. The appeal? 3D printing allows for the production of components with complex shapes and parts that are no longer available through traditional means, at a much lower total cost of ownership. Printing parts on demand also prevents obsolesce, secures faster part availability and reduces waste.
Eurostar is among the innovative rail companies experimenting with 3D printing. The company offers a high-speed railway service connecting London with cities in Belgium, Paris and the Netherlands. They are known for setting high standards in rail travel and have a strong commitment to reducing their environmental footprint. Eurostar is now working with DiManEx to produce components for trains.
Eurostar recently leveraged DiManEx’ supply platform to produce an accessory for cabin doors. The item has a security function. When used in combination with a padlock, it prevents unauthorized people from entering cabins while service operators perform maintenance tasks.
The design took train differences into account, so it can be used in several coaches. The materials used were plastic and rubber.
Dutch Railways (NS) is also working with DiManEx to embed 3D printing into their supply chain workflow. Read more about their journey here.