With the increasing demand for one-off customized solutions, the Mobility Division of global engineering and technology solutions leader, Siemens, has found a cost-effective solution for low-volume manufacturing through FDM 3D printing.
By integrating a Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3D printer into their production line, Siemens Mobility is now able to produce parts on demand. This, in turn, has transformed how their supply chain operates and their response to customers’ demands at a quicker rate. With on demand production, 3D printing ensures that no obsolete parts are created during printing.
Additive manufacturing has especially benefitted the manufacturing process for the transport sector in Ulm, Germany. With the Fortus 900mc, production of end-use parts for German transport services provider, Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu Ulm (SWU) Verkehr GmbH, has not only become more flexible but also tailored specially to customers’ requirements.
Before the implementation of 3D printing, Siemens Mobility had to resort to producing a large number of parts to justify the cost-effectiveness of production. If customers only required a small volume of parts, the surplus would be kept until they were used, discarded, or become outdated for use.
With the Fortus 900mc, designs can be customized 100% to customers’ desired requirements and can be optimized multiple times before it is 3D printed. Production time is also reduced from weeks to just days and makes low volume production of a single customized part highly cost-effective.