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SNCF sets up consortium to fast-track 3D printing

SNCF envision 3D printing as not only a mean to improve availability of parts and shorter delivery times, but also to make improvements to the existing parts, making them more reliable or lighter.

“The maintenance of rolling stock requires thousands of individual parts. In some cases, certain parts are no longer produced or only manufactured on demand, which usually means at an elevated price. Additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D printing, will enable SNCF to do more of that production in house and at lower costs.”

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