Due to increasing product diversity, companies with long-term capital goods are increasingly lamenting the high storage costs for spare parts. The problem: availability is becoming more critical, especially for old spare parts, which significantly increases the risk of breakdown losses. This is opening up a new, but demanding field of application for additive manufacturing. Since most spare parts have been conventionally manufactured and have often passed through an approval process, it is generally not possible to create a copy of this component in 3D printing. Instead, this requires a complex adjustment process in order to transform a conventionally manufactured spare part into a spare part for additive manufacturing, which can be produced on demand if required.
We identified this challenge early on and, with SPOD (spare parts on demand), developed a multi-stage process that lets us guide you into a new era of spare part production.
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As the manufacturer of the left sandbox housing, part of the brake system, ceased production, Deutsche Bahn risked a train failure. Since the component was manufactured as grey cast iron, no 3D printed copy could be produced. As a result, we re-engineered the component and then additively manufactured it from titanium using EBM. The component has passed the tests performed to date. If the worst were to happen, Deutsche Bahn can now quickly respond to a failure.
Subject to any necessary approval, we then immediately start manufacturing your component if required. As the key parameters have already been defined in the previous phases of the SPOD process, speedy production, finishing, and the necessary quality control are ensured.
“With more than 50 systems for additive manufacturing, we can always guarantee that your spare parts will be produced.”
Alexander Bonke, Managing Director FIT Production GmbH