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Global rail and transit manufacturer Wabtec has become one the first customers for the H2 binder jet metal 3D printer from GE Additive. The Pennsylvania-based company plans to use the 3D printer to manufacture large, complex parts, growing the use of additive in the transportation industry.
Wabtec provides parts to most major rail transit systems in the world. Its portfolio includes a number of highly-engineered metal components and systems which it which it produces in over 100 manufacturing plants. So far, the company has identified that additive technologies could be used in the production of up to 250 components in its product lines by 2025.
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With GE’s H2 Binder Jet Printer the company will be able to create spare parts to order, thereby reducing customers’ inventory requirements while supplying them within very short lead times. The aim is to keeping rolling stock on the move.
Commenting on purchase Philip Moslener, global director of the WabtecOne Platform & Applied Innovation said, “Additive is one of the key technology pillars for our company and central in our efforts to drive innovation in the industries we serve.”
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Adding, “This binder jet machine will help us design and produce reliable, low-cost components for our current and developmental engines, locomotive, transit and mining programs.”
Example part built on GE’s H2 Binder Jet system. Photo via GE Additive.
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Binder jetting processes use two materials – a powder base, and liquid binder. The material H2 currently uses for producing parts is Stainless Steel 316, however other materials are under development including low carbon steels.
The H2 is a successor of GE’s H1 binder jet metal 3D printer, first teased by the company in 2017. Since that point, GE binder jet development of the H2 has remained largely in stealth mode, only recently releasing a beta. GE expects the H2 to be commercially available in...
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