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Stratasys Teams Up With ESG and Angel Trains

TCT Magazine reports on a new partnership struck between Stratasys, ESG, and Angel Trains (“one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies”).  ESG Rail is an engineering consultancy.  The collaboration aims to “address the issue of obsolete parts in the rail industry with 3D printing.”

The initiative, which is UK-first, “has resulted in the creation of four fully approved 3D printed interior components including an arm rest, grab handle, and seat back table, all of which will now be trialed on in-service passenger trains next year.”

In order to complete the goals of this initiative, Stratasys has turned to their Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology for additive manufacturing.  “The components have been structurally assessed by ESG Rail for manufacturing using Stratasys 3D printed tooling and rail-certified thermoplastic materials.  New high performance material, including Stratasys’ Antero 800 NA, a PEKK-based thermoplastic, have also been tested to demonstrate compliance with the Rail Standard EN45545-2.”

Angel Trains Technical Director Mark Hicks “hopes this solution will help to free the industry from technological constraints, and allow [Angel Trains’ trains] to continue to meet passengers’ needs now and in the future.”

Stratasys’ Manager of Strategic Account Team EMEA Yann Rageul concludes: “with the highest level of repeatability in the industry and advanced, rail-certified, materials, we believe our FDM additive manufacturing solutions offer huge potential to replace traditional manufacturing for a diverse range of applications within the rail industry. This collaboration will help us to explore how we can support rail companies, such as Angel Trains, to produce parts on-demand – both cost-effectively and efficiently – eradicating the need for obsolete inventory and improving their ability to service customers.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of TCT Magazine

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