ZDNet reports on the grand opening of Siemens Mobility’s first digital rail maintenance center. This center will utilize the wonders of 3D printing “to manufacture parts, reduce inventory, and get trains running faster.”
This rail center – which has been dubbed the Siemens Mobility RRX Rail Service Center – is located in Dortmund-Eving, Germany. In order to fulfill its 3D printing manufacturing goals, this digital rail maintenance center “is using Stratasys’ Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer to make on-demand tooling and replacement parts.”
Siemens Mobility (which is a division of Siemens) has been happy to report “manufacturing time of parts has been reduced by about 95 percent.” This “rail center will receive about 100 trains at its depot every month.” In order to be more efficient, Siemens Mobility turned to 3D printing. Before now, the company had to rely “on casting and traditional methods, which would take about 6 weeks to manufacture a customized part. With Stratasys’ equipment, Siemens Mobility can produce parts in 13 hours. Within a week, the company can now iterate, optimize, and 3D print a production grade part.”
Additionally, Siemens Mobility is also using the wonders of 3D printing in order to improve the company’s tooling at this brand new RRX Rail Service Center.
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