(Lupburg, 14.11.2018) formnext is the international forum to introduce new additive technologies, an enhanced material spectrum, and innovative AM services. A leading AM solutions provider, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group presents SPOD, “Spare Parts on Demand”, its latest solution aiming at the additive manufacturing of industrial spare parts.
Due to increasing product diversity, companies with long-term capital goods are also increasingly lamenting the high storage costs for spare parts. However, availability is becoming more critical especially for old spare parts, which significantly increases the risk of breakdown losses. On these grounds a new but demanding area of application for AM (Additive Manufacturing) is emerging. Since most spare parts have been conventionally manufactured and have often passed through an approval process, it is generally not possible to simply create a 3D printed copy of this component ready to be printed on demand.
Deutsche Bahn integrates 3D printing in its spare parts management
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, FIT re-engineered the component and then additively manufactured it from titanium using Electron Beam Melting (EBM). The component has passed the tests performed to date.
A multi-stage process opens a new era of spare part production
In order to provide sandboxes or other „critical“ spares parts faster and more cost-efficiently, FIT has developed a special spare parts solution. SPOD serves to guarantee the availability of discontinued spare parts at reasonable costs. To this goal, conventionally manufactured spare parts are transformed into 3D printable parts in a 6 step process. Based on a pull-system, SPOD is an entirely new approach to spare parts management. Each spare part will only be manufactured when it is actually needed. Until then it will wait patiently as a digitally stored data model, causing no storage costs. “We are perfectly aware that to-date, SPOD will not yet mean the perfect solution for every spare part. Nevertheless, it’s our goal to avoid storage issues, e.g. storage costs, delivery delays, or waste. We look forward to discuss this innovative concept with potential customers at formnext – after all we’ve seen, demand for this solution is really high”, says Carl Fruth, founder and CEO at FIT Additive Manufacturing Group.
Über die FIT Additive Manufacturing Group:
The FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is a leading industry partner in the field of Additive Manufacturing. As a technology pioneer with around 25 years of experience, the company manufactures prototypes, production tools, 3D printed spare parts, as well as additively manufactured end components for a rich variety of verticals. The AM expert provides access every step of the value added chain, from additive design and engineering to production and professional finishing options. In addition, FIT is able to provide numerous conventional technologies such as CNC milling, injection molding, vacuum casting, or elastomer manufacturing. Group revenue in 2017 was EUR 25.4 million. FIT Additive Manufacturing Group currently employs 300 people, most of them at the company’s headquarters in Lupburg, Germany, but also in Brasov (Romania), Zhukovsky (Russian Federation) as well as in Peoria and Southborough/Boston (USA). www.fit.technology
Visitors are welcome at FIT Additive Manufacturing Group during formnext in Hall 3.1 booth F88.
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