German rail operator DB expands use of 3D printing

German rail operator DB expands use of 3D printing

The German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) is ramping up its use of 3D printing in manufacturing train parts. To date, the German company has produced approximately 1,000 spare parts using 3D printers, including everything from headrests to ventilation grills. By the end of this year, that number is expected to double. Now, DB has announced an ambitious plan to expand its 3D printing resources even further. According to company representatives, 15,000 3D printed components will be manufactured by the end of 2018. It’s a large undertaking to be sure, but one that DB is confident will pay off. […]

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