The railway sector has been updating its manufacturing processes over time, incorporating advances in technology, and adapting them to its needs. Given the multitude of types of parts in the sector and their dimensional variability, the railway industry uses practically all existing manufacturing methods.
Metallic printing has been a technological challenge in this sector, as the technology classically presented four barriers: size, time, production cost and materials that are currently being demolished.
Metal 3D printing allows to create lighter and stronger parts with complex shapes, impossible to achieve with conventional metal fabrication methods.
The Railway sector pursues 3 main objectives for the implementation of the Technology:
Streamline manufacturing of customizable parts
One of the paradigms of Industry 4.0 is to focus the product on consumer demands, the consumer is not the one who must adapt to the products, but rather these must be customized to the different consumers.
The diversity of companies in the railway sector, the need for adaptation and innovation in their designs and competition create an urgent need for flexible manufacturing systems. The sector requires manufacturing systems that can be adapted to different products and that can be combined with traditional manufacturing methods, thus allowing great flexibility in the sector.
Less dependence on suppliers
Additive manufacturing means that the customer does not have to have a large number of spare parts in stock, so the cost is reduced by not having to pay and store so many parts in advance.
Design and manufacture of innovative products, in an increasingly competitive and global sector that seeks new differentiating products, additive manufacturing generates a new world of possibilities. Metallic 3D printing allows optimizing the dimensioning of parts and reducing the number of assembly operations, improving or creating new features for products.
SOLUTION (Proposed by meltio)
Meltio solves some of the problems that commonly present, not only is it much cheaper technology, but much faster, more flexible and, also, more efficient than previous technologies.
The flexibility of our technology makes possible to work with the combination of additive and subtractive methods, called hybrid manufacturing.
This symbiosis makes possible to obtain pieces with really good geometries and finishes, worthy of the technological revolution we are facing.