Siemens Mobility, the transportation division of German conglomerate Siemens, has installed a Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer at its newly established digital rail maintenance center. Located in Dortmund, Germany the Siemens Mobility RRX Rail Service Center will use additive manufacturing technologies to aid in train maintenance.
The RRX Rail Service Center
With a focus on optimizing global transportation systems, Siemens Mobility has previously invested in Stratasys'FDM 3D printing technology by producing customized final production parts for German transport services provider, Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu Ulm (SWU) Verkehr GmbH. Moreover, the division has partnered with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to provide 3D printed parts for the driverless Dubai Metro.
Integrating the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D Printer
Before the railway service center was established, Siemens relied on traditional methods such as casting to meet customers' demand for train maintenance.According to Siemens, the process is estimated to take six weeks to produce the last custom part and is financially unfeasible.