Stratasys 3D printers
Having beforehand utilized Stratasys’ 3D printing techniques to manufacture spare elements for the German and UK rail industries, Siemens Mobility Providers has elevated its funding in Stratasys’ 3D printing expertise to increase its rail upkeep operation in Russia.
Two new industrial-grade Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printers shall be used for spare half manufacturing to help the 13 extra high-speed Velaro trains Siemens Mobility shall be constructing for Russian practice firm RZD.
The 30 12 months upkeep mission
The 13 new trains shall be added to an present fleet of 16, with a 30 12 months settlement to take care of and repair the trains additionally within the deal. This third Velaro order from RZD will convey the overall variety of high-speed trains to 29.
The 2 Stratasys 3D printers have already been put in in St. Petersburg and Moscow, permitting the Siemens Mobility crew to quickly and cost-effectively 3D print rail substitute elements on-demand. The main funding marks the initiation of Siemens Mobility’s ‘Straightforward Sparovation Half’ community in Russia, which goals to facilitate the in-house substitute of spare practice elements by way of the selective 3D printing of a digital stock of unique practice elements.
For the subsequent 30 years, Siemens Mobility Russia expects a fleet availability report of greater than 99%. By storing all element information on-line in a centralized database, the crew can entry, print and change defective elements at speedy charges, making certain the downtime on trains is saved to a minimal.
RZD high-speed Sapsan practice fleet. Picture through Stratasys.
“These availability figures could be bodily unimaginable to attain by way of exterior half sourcing and conventional manufacturing methods alone, however Stratasys’ FDM 3D printers provides us the aptitude to cost-effectively produce the elements in-house, partially eliminating the necessity for warehousing or instruments for a particular vary of things,” stated Alexey Fedoseev, Head of Buyer Providers, Siemens Mobility Russia. “We’ve already seen the success of the Siemens Mobility ‘Straightforward Sparovation Half’ enterprise in Germany, the place this expertise has offered us time-per-part financial savings of as much as 95% in comparison with conventional manufacturing strategies.”
“The manufacture and supply of an extra 13 new Velaro trains will see us work on a number of autos over a protracted time frame, and inside very strict time constraints. Consequently, 3D printing makes for an ideal add-on to assist our manufacturing and supplies us with the pliability to switch and create elements ourselves, anytime they’re wanted,” provides Fedoseev.
3D printing for Russia’s local weather
The economic capabilities of the Fortus 450mc 3D printers guarantee 3D printed elements will be capable to face up to the tough climate circumstances present in a lot of Russia. Excessive sturdiness is essential and Stratasys supplies supplies that are the important thing to attaining the fabric certification of inside cabin elements from the railway regulatory our bodies.
The Stratasys Fortus 450mc on the Siemens Mobility Depot in Russia, along with the crew from Siemens Mobility and Stratasys. Picture through Stratasys.
Bjoern Richter, Strategic Account Supervisor Siemens, Stratasys, acknowledged: “Because of the efficiency-driving capabilities of 3D printing, it’s no shock that rail upkeep and repair suppliers are persevering with to undertake the expertise to spice up customer support, upkeep, and part-manufacturing. Siemens Mobility is definitely a pioneer on this regard, driving the uptake of this expertise throughout the rail and mobility sector. We proceed to collaborate intently to make sure our answer finest addresses the precise wants of this sector and discover totally new utility makes use of for 3D printing inside transportation.”
Spare half availability is a long-standing subject within the railway trade. German railway firm Deutsche Bahn has beforehand built-in metallic additive manufacturing expertise from GEFERTEC to enhance the provision of hard-to-procure spare elements. Elsewhere, within the Netherlands, Dutch Railways has signed a multi-year contract with digital provide chain service supplier DiManEx, to combine 3D printing into its spare half distribution.
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Featured picture reveals RZD high-speed Sapsan practice fleet. Picture through Stratasys.
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