Liz Nickels spoke to rail giant Wabtec’s global additive manufacturing (AM) leader to discuss the company’s increasing focus on metal 3D printed parts for both freight and transit.

Global manufacturer Wabtec Corporation is, notably, the first rail supplier to introduce metallic 3D printed parts in production on rolling stock in North America.

Now it has solidified its commitment to 3D printing with its move to an additive manufacturing (AM) production center in Pittsburgh, USA.

Wabtec, headquartered in the US, makes equipment, systems and software for freight (66% of portfolio) and transit (34%). According to the company, more than 20% of the world’s freight is moved by a Wabtec locomotive. In Q3 its sales were US$1.9 billion versus US$2.0 billion in the same period of 2019, with freight sales of US$1.2 billion decreasing by 7% and transit decreasing by 6% to US$628 million. Wabtec updated its 2020 sales guidance to a range of $7.5 billion to $7.6 billion.

In October 2020 Wabtec joined Neighborhood 91, an additive manufacturing (AM) production center developed in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh.

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