Union Pacific Using 3D-Printed Railroad Parts

Published by , June 13, 2017 12:51 pm

(Electronics360) Union Pacific (UP) is utilizing 3D printing for advanced needs–including producing parts for in-cab radio systems and to help with a machine vision imaging system that helps inspect 22 components on passing trains. UP’s 3D printer is housed in a basement room at its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, where it runs constantly, working on various projects.
“Early 3D printed objects were fragile,” says Royce Connerley, senior system engineer at UP. “Today, we’re using tougher plastic allowing 3D printed parts to be dropped or treated like any other piece of equipment. It’s critical in a railroading environment.”

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