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.