3D-Printed Spare Parts in Rail Service Center Reduces Costs with Shorter Repair Timeframes

Published by , September 21, 2018 12:23 pm

(Engineering.com) Siemens has opened its first “digital maintenance center” in Dortmund-Eving, Germany using Stratasys fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers. Dubbed the Siemens Mobility RRX Rail Service Center, the maintenance depot aims to have the “highest level of digitalization in the rail industry.”
Michael Kuczmik, head of Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Mobility GmbH, said in a press release that the use of 3D printing “[enables] us to optimize spare parts for longer life cycles, at reduced cost and in shorter timeframes than ever before.” Additionally, any last-minute jobs can be tackled through the ability to produce parts on-demand, including one-off, custom parts.

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