Bombardier Transportation, the Germany-based rail company, recently installed a Stratasys F900 3D printer at its facility located in Hennigsdorf, north-west of Berlin. The F900 FDM/FFF printer will be utilized for the tooling, prototyping, and production of end-use parts for trains and trams. The parts will be added to Bombardier’s manufacturing operations for DACH countries such as in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. André Bialoscek, Head, Vehicle Physical Integration Hennigsdorf at Bombardier has opined that the installation of Stratasys F900 3D Printer will enable them to broaden their service offering, allowing them to 3D print large spare parts, manufacturing tools, and customized rail parts, all of which are in-house and on-demand.
Bialoscek also mentioned that the company has previously used fiberglass and tin for train components and can now use the ULTEM 9085 resin, which will help them meet their ‘application criteria.’ The company expects that this will take them to a new level in terms of reducing costs and the time consumption connected to traditionally used materials. Bombardier Transportation is a rail equipment division of Bombardier Inc. It is engaged in the manufacture of passenger trains, chassis for trains, locomotives, controls and propulsion systems. The company started out in 1942 as a manufacturer of snowmobiles. The company has become one of the largest manufacturers of aircraft, trains, public buses, commuter subways, and other industrial vehicles like the snowcat, a vehicle that was compatible with moving on snow. Back in 2001, Bombardier Transportation acquired the Germany-based rail equipment manufacturer Adtranz from DaimlerChrysler, becoming the largest rail equipment manufacturer.
Andreas Langfeld, President, EMEA Stratasys has said that the company’s investment in their F900 3D Printer furthers the scope of interest that is visible in the mobility sector for their industrial-grade 3D Printing solutions. Langfeld also commented that working closely with Bombardier will help them focus on the development of the technology in their operations and allow them to manufacture rail parts faster and in a more cost-effective way whenever needed.