Angel Trains, Stratasys and DB ESG Will Trial 3D Printed Components on Passenger Trains

  Enquiry / contact me

3D printing helps accelerate obsolete part replacement across the UK rail industry

Automation

Angel Trains, Stratasys and DB ESG Will Trial 3D Printed Components on Passenger Trains
Angel Trains, Stratasys and DB ESG Will Trial 3D Printed Components on Passenger Trains

3D printer Stratasys, engineering consultancy DB ESG, Angel Trains, a British train leasing company, and train operator Chiltern Railways will partner to trial 3D printed components to be employed in in-service passenger trains, marking a first in the UK.

The cross-industry collaboration designed and produced four armrests and seven grab handles, printed using Stratasys’ Fortus 450mc Production 3D printer in ULTEM 9085™ resin. The finals parts are compliant to the rail industry’s fire, smoke and toxicity standards.

On-demand production to expedite replacements

Using 3D printing will contribute to the acceleration of the replacement of obsolete parts across the UK rail industry, resulting in both cost and time efficiencies (up to 94%) when compared to using conventional manufacturing methods.

James Brown, Data and Performance Engineer at Angel Trains, states, “A 3D printed replacement part can be produced on-demand and installed immediately. With low-volume production now achievable, we’re also starting to explore how we can leverage 3D printing to customize interiors that are better suited to the passenger commute.” This would improve the passenger experience too. 

The consortium will start a new trial with Great Western Railway in the following months.
 

Posted on September 26, 2019 - (324 views)
Related articles
Image Processing Software with Ethernet/IP Interface
Take Full Control of your Industrial Networks
Automation to Meet Increasingly High Customer Requirements
PTC Signed a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Software-as-a-Service Specialist Arena Solutions
The Factory of the Future: 5 Trends for Industry 4.0
2021 Selection Guides of AC/DC Power Supplies and DC/DC Converters
Hardened Virtualization Hardware with Small Form Factor Devices and Industrial Touch Panels
Simplified Centralised Management of Edge-based Infrastructure
A Covid-19-related Boost in the Uptake of IIoT Solutions
5G New Radio Router and Edge Computing Gateway for Massive IoT and eMBB
When Automation Goes Digital
Unique IR Solutions
Achema 2021
Two/four-channel Process and Program Controller
Tailor-made Automation Solutions
Fastener Fair France
Drives & Controls 2020: The Home of Automation
Hannover Messe: Home of Industrial Pioneers
PIAB Offers Automation Solutions
Guided Operator Solutions
2021 Selection Guides of AC/DC Power Supplies and DC/DC Converters
Capacitive Measurement System with Preamplifier
5-Megapixel 3D Snapshot Sensor
IP67 Ultra-robust HMI Devices
Industrial Embedded PC with AMD Processors
300A Modular Crimp Module
Compact & Configurable Rugged Industrial Computers
IO-Link Position Sensors
Deutsche Messe Launches Hannover Messe Digital Days to be Held from 14 to 15 July 2020
Semi-absolute Linear Encoder
Automation to Meet Increasingly High Customer Requirements
Simplified Centralised Management of Edge-based Infrastructure
5-Megapixel 3D Snapshot Sensor
Mouser's Digital AI Conference is now Available On-Demand
THT Assembly with Robots Boosts Automation instead of Manual Labor
EtherCAT-based Highly Dynamic Multi-axis Servo System
Post-Corona Recovery: High demand for “Robotics Skills”
Disinfection Robots
Integrated and Compact Servo Drives
3D Printer and Method Materials