Bombardier Transportation to 3D print interior and exterior train parts

Just this morning, we were talking about 3D printing in the transportation industry. Bombardier Transportation presents an overview of what it will do with AM.

The German-based manufacturer will take advantage of Stratasys F900 3D Printer as part of its operations in the DACH region. The manufacturer will produce final end-use rail parts, as well as manufacturing tools and prototypes for trains and trams.

The production of end-parts for German-speaking countries

Bombardier facility in Hennigsdorf, Germany is said to be its largest production side worldwide. Using the F900 3D printer, they will be able to produce air ducts, housings and cable holders, to name a few examples, not to mentioned customized rail tools to aid the production process and speed up the launch of new platforms.

The Stratasys F900 3D Printer allows us to widen our service offering in such a way that we are now able to 3D print large spare parts, customized rail parts and manufacturing tools – all in-house and on-demand,” comments André Bialoscek, Head of Vehicle Physical Integration Hennigsdorf, Bombardier. “Having previously used fiber glass and tin for train components, the ability to now utilize ULTEM™ 9085 resin meets our application criteria and takes us to a new level in terms of reducing the costs and lengthy lead times associated with those traditional materials.”

The ULTEM™ 9085 resin material is appropriate for its high strength-to-weight ratio and flame-smoke-toxicity rating. Moreover, it has become a top choice among customers within the transport industry for achieving compliance to the Rail Standard EN45545-2.

The 3D printed rail parts produced by Bombardier Transportation will primarily support the specific production demands of German, Swiss and Austrian rail and tram companies – strengthening the company’s ability to maintain, produce and replace train and tram parts quickly and cost-effectively.

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