Eurostar: 3D printing to streamline its components supply chain

Eurostar: 3D printing to streamline its components supply chain

Interest in 3D printing is growing in the transportation sector. Rail companies, in particular, are launching pilots to test the technology.

Eurostar is one of the innovative rail companies experimenting with 3D printing. Eurostar is a high-speed train service between London and cities in Belgium, Paris and the Netherlands. Eurostar sets high standards for travel by rail and have a strong commitment to reduce their environmental footprint.

3D printing of train parts

Eurostar converts 3d printing for the production of a security component for cabin doors. The plastic component is used in combination with a padlock and prevents access to certain spaces on the train. The design can be applied to various train set.

Why do railway companies choose 3D printing?

  • 3D printing creates possibilities to produce parts that are no longer in stock and for lower costs
  • 3D printing helps to streamline its components supply chain
  • It is possible to produce very complex shapes that can not be produced conventionally
  • Thanks to the fast production method, it is no longer necessary to purchase large stocks.
  • 3D printing allows for faster availability
  • There is virtually no ‘waste’ of material and in some techniques there is no waste stream

Even Dutch Railway company (NS) chooses for 3D printing. Read more about it…