Beyond the armrest for the driver seat, SIEMENS has supported the SWU Verkehr GmbH with the production of a housing cover for the ‘coupler’ (the cover of the link between two train carriages), while the Mobility team is currently working on developing a part for the train nose. A criterion from the SWU Verkehr GmbH was the need for an exact fit of the nose part to the train, which previous materials such as glass fiber plastics, could not provide. “Previously we used glass fiber plastics, which start to collect water when laid down for a while. This resulted in the part changing its shape, which had a dramatic effect on how it fitted onto the train,” explains Kuczmik.
“With our Fortus 900mc, the precision is ideal for these applications. We are 3D printing parts within one-tenth of the exact measurement of the design, which enables us to produce parts to the exact measurements desired by the customer. This is simply not achievable to the same degree through other traditional manufacturing methods.”
According to Kuczmik, with the team’s Fortus 900mc, SIEMENS can control and perfectly optimize part geometries as and when required by the SWU Verkehr GmbH and the transport industry. “Repeatability is key for us, as customers often need a part adapted or modernized at a later date. Our Fortus 900mc 3D Printer enables us to produce these parts exactly the same, every time, which is crucial to consistently delivering the quality of parts our customers have come to expect from us,” Kuczmik continues.