Stratasys Brings 3D Technology to Rail Industry

Stratasys has announced their new Rail Industry Solution. which is connecting 3D technology to the rail industry The effort will harness additive manufacturing capabilities to better old railroad systems to help passenger trains keep moving.

“With its proven combination of Stratasys Fortus 3D printers plus ULTEM 9085 and Antero 800NA materials, both of which have passed the European Union’s Rail Standard EN 45545-2, rail operators can produce spare parts that meet strict smoke, fire, and toxicity certification requirements for long-haul and urban metro trains.

‘In industry after industry, we continue to see organizations discover how additive manufacturing improves customer service, streamlines maintenance and operating costs, and helps engineer lighter, durable products,” Stratasys EMEA President Andreas Langfeld said. “Rail is no exception. The old model of keeping trains running through expensive physical inventory or slow and costly traditional manufacturing is being replaced by digital inventory and on-demand 3D printing.  Indeed, this is exemplified by some of the biggest names in European passenger rail.’

Major rail companies like Angel Trains, Bombardier Transportation, Chiltern Railways, DB ESG, and Siemens Mobility are already using Stratasys technology to create obsolete or and spare parts for their trains. UK-based Angel Trains, for example, unveiled earlier this year how it is using the Stratasys Rail Industry Solution to manufacture direct replacement parts including passenger arm rests, grab handles and equipment covers.

It’s not only spare parts where AM is having an impact on the rail sector. German manufacturer Bombardier Transportation is using the technology to accelerate the development of new trains by 3D printing interior and exterior train parts, such as air ducts, housings and cable holders. André Bialoscek, Head of Vehicle Physical Integration for Bombardier in Henningsdorf, Germany said the Rail Solution ‘has been a game-changer’ for their department.

One of Britain’s leading train leasing companies has collaborated with ESG Rail and Stratasys, to address the issue the of obsolete parts in the rail industry.”

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