Railway Industry

Additive Manufacturing for the Railway Industry

When it comes to the maintenance and repair of trains and equipment, the required spare parts are often no longer available or a lengthy ordering process is required. The process additionally often involves high costs and small purchase quantities. This results either in high procurement costs coupled with a high risk of long vehicle downtime or in even higher warehousing costs if a large number of different spare parts have to be held in stock in combination with rare and unpredictable usage patterns. Demand-based Additive Manufacturing of (spare) parts offers railway operators as well as maintenance and repair workshops enormous potentials for improving their business processes and increasing profits.

Advantages & potentials for 3D printing in the railway industry

  • Reduced delivery and leadtimes
    through the own additive production of components and spare parts on-site
  • Reduced storage cost
    through 3D printing on demand
  • Reduced downtimes
    by avoiding supply bottlenecks
  • Shortened development times
    thanks to rapid prototype production
  • Development of new value-added potentials
    by increasing the performance of components
  • Reduction of material cost
    by aggregating assemblies into integrated production as individual components or lightweight construction approaches

Our services

  • Manufacturer- and process-independent consulting
  • Knowledge transfer (3D printing expertise and industry knowledge)
  • Customized strategies and solutions
  • Generating profitable business opportunities
  • Market and feasibility studies
  • Implementation of Additive Manufacturing at your company

Our process

  • Preparation
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Idea generation and evaluation
    • Market analysis and business model concept development
    • Strategic classification
  • Assessment
    • Part analysis & Part Screening
    • Feasibility analysis
    • Design & optimization
    • Calculation & business case
  • Implementation
    • Introduction strategy including a make-or-buy comparison
    • Technology and supplier selection
    • Pilot production
    • Testing, approval and quality assurance
  • Improvement
    • Performance check (benchmark)
    • Market and technology monitoring
    • Business model calibration
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