Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On February 27th 2020, it was announced that Siemens Mobility Services (Siemens Mobility) of Munich, Germany had once more invested in the 3D printing technology of Stratasys of Eden Prairie, Minnesota to support its rail maintenance operations in Russia. (Stratasys is a self-appointed “global leader in additive manufacturing” and Siemens Mobility is a self-proclaimed “leader in transport solutions.” Siemens Mobility had previously invested in Stratasys’s 3D printers to manufacture replacement train parts in Germany and the UK.) Siemens Mobility had recently been selected to build 13 more high-speed Velaro trains for Russian train company RZD of Moscow, including an agreement to maintain and service them for the next 30 years, supplementing the existing fleet of 16 trains. Stratsys proclaimed that Siemens Mobility would be working with what Stratasys’s press release referred to as a “fleet availability record” of 99%. (Stratasys did not properly define its use of this term.)

The investment marks the first time that Siemens Mobility’s so-called “Easy Sparovation Part” network will be used in Russia, which aims to make maintaining and servicing Russia’s trains more efficient via 3D printing and keeping a digital inventory of original train parts. Siemens Mobility Russia’s Head of Customer Services Alexey Fedoseev argues that a 99% “fleet availability record” would be impossible via external sourcing of replacement parts and traditional manufacturing techniques alone. He also claims that Siemens Mobility’s “Easy Sparovation Part” network has already been so successful in Germany that it has led to time-per-part savings of up to 95% relative to traditional manufacturing methods.

In 2016, self-described “market research and consulting companyGrand View Research of San Francisco, California valued the global railroad market at $508.5 billion, expecting this to reach $829.3 billion by 2025. In addition, as the market for high-speed rail grows, the market for rail maintenance will grow with it. In 2018, market research company 360 Market Updates of Pune, India valued the railway maintenance machinery market at $4.24 billion, expecting it to reach $7.44 billion by 2025. As more high-speed railways are built around the world, it is only natural that 3D printing’s involvement in them will grow as well.

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