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Wabtec Corp. announced yesterday it will become the first manufacturing anchor tenant at Neighborhood 19, the 195-acre additive manufacturing production campus at the Pittsburgh International Airport Innovation Campus.
Neighborhood 91 is the first development in the world to condense and connect all components of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing supply chain into one production ecosystem, Wabtec officials said in a press release.
Wabtec will occupy more than 11,000 square feet at the campus, which is under construction and targeting completion by spring 2021. The company will be able to ship parts immediately from the airport to any location in the world within 24 hours, Wabtec officials said.
Locating on the campus will build on the company's growing additive technology capabilities and footprint in western Pennsylvania, which includes 3D-printing labs in Erie and Grove City.
Wabtec will use the latest additive manufacturing technology to produce large-scale lightweight parts for transit-rail customers and reduce lead times by up to 80%, company officials said. Production will include metal aluminum transit components, such as brake parts and heat sinks for freight locomotives. By 2025, Wabtec plans to use additive manufacturing in the production of more than 25,000 parts.
"Additive technology is a key focus area for us that provides new capabilities to drive innovation where traditional manufacturing could not," said Wabtec Chief Technology Officer Eric Gebhardt. "This agreement continues our investment in resources that enable our engineers to design new and complex products for the industries we serve."
The Allegheny County Airport Authority broke ground on the campus in 2018. It is being developed in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh.