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On its stand (Hall 3, 3a, Stand L51), Stratasys will showcase the latest advances in additive manufacturing technologies, software and materials that are enabling its customers to address the issue of obsolete parts, reduce whole life rolling stock costs and enable vehicles to remain in passenger service for longer. Through high-profile customer examples such as Siemens Mobility, Angel Trains and DB ESG, Stratasys will explain why these companies are already 3D printing ultra-realistic prototypes and customised replacement parts on-demand, quickly and cost-effectively.
Thanks to this capability, rail manufacturers are overhauling the traditional supply chain and adopting new business models based on on-demand manufacturing. Two such customers who are pioneering this approach are Angel Trains and DB ESG. Together with Stratasys, the trio are working to advance the UK’s first 3D printing manufacturing solution for rail replacement parts. This has resulted in the production of four, fully-approved interior components, comprising an arm rest, grab handle and seat back table – all of which are now being trialled on in-service passenger trains in the UK.
Operating live on Stratasys’ stand will be one of the company’s most advanced FDM-based additive manufacturing solutions – the Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer. Enabling manufacturers in the transport industry to produce complex parts for low-volume production applications, tooling and prototyping, the machine offers robust, engineering-grade thermoplastics to build strong, long-lasting and dimensionally stable parts. This includes, the new, high-performance Antero 800 NA, a PEKK-based thermoplastic. Antero 800 NA outperforms other high-performance thermoplastics with its superior chemical resistance, ultra-low outgassing, high-temperature resistance and exceptional wear properties. As part of the collaboration with Angel Trains and DB ESG, the two companies have tested this material to demonstrate they are capable of achieving compliance to the Rail Standard EN45545-2. On stand, Stratasys will also showcase ULTEM 9085 resin, which offers a high strength-to-weight ratio and flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) ratings.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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