Stratasys has revealed that German-based manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has acquired their large-scale industrial-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printer to accelerate prototyping and production of customized end-use rail parts in-house and on demand for their operations in the DACH region.
Installed at Bombardier Transportation’s largest manufacturing site in Hennigsdorf, the F900 will be used to 3D print interior and exterior train parts, such as air ducts, housings, and cable holders. Customized rail tools will also be 3D printed to speed up the launch of new platforms.
Having used fiberglass and tin for train components prior to having the F900, Bombardier Transportation is now able to rely on the ULTEM™ 9085 resin which meets their requirements with its unique properties such as high strength-to-weight ratio and flame-smoke-toxicity rating.
The unique properties make it ideal for production applications and a popular choice among customers within the transport industry for achieving compliance with the Rail Standard EN45545-2. In addition, the use of ULTEM™ 9085 resin also helps to eliminate the high costs and lengthy lead times associated with traditional materials.
German, Swiss, and Austrian rail and tram companies are set to benefit from the production of 3D printed rail parts from the F900, and strengthen Bombardier Transportation’s ability to maintain, produce, and replace parts quickly and cost-effectively.
Andreas Langfeld, President EMEA Stratasys, commented that Bombardier Transportation’s investment in the F900 is evidence of the huge interest shown in their industrial-grade rail-certified 3D printing solutions to enhance and in some cases replace traditional manufacturing across applications.