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Deutsche Bahn grows AM railway applications with 3YOURMIND software

German railway company extends partnership with Berlin-based 3D printing software firm

Within the transport industry, German railway leader Deutsche Bahn was an early adopter of 3D printing technologies—five years ago, it even founded its own 3D printing division. As of 2018, the company reported having 3D printed nearly 15,000 spare parts and other products for its trains, including coat hooks, headrests, cable boxes and more. Now, the company is aiming to ramp up its additive efforts by extending its partnership with software provider 3YOURMIND.

Based in Berlin, 3YOURMIND’s software platform enables users to optimize industrial AM processes, from digital workflows to machine utilization. Within Deutsche Bahn, 3YOURMIND’s software is being used to collect new and innovative 3D printing ideas from across the country, and to standardize the AM process within the company.

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3D printed brail signage, Deutsche Bahn

By extending their partnership, Deutsche Bahn will further enable its employees to propose and share 3D printing applications through an easy-to-use digital interface. The software then analyzes the submitted ideas and identifies the use cases with the most potential. Deutsche Bahn experts can then consult the list to determine which products or parts would benefit most from 3D printing.

Ultimately, the railway company hopes to leverage 3YOURMIND’s AM Part Identifier tools to educate its employees about additive manufacturing in an engaging and productive way. In fact, the software it actually part of the company’s 3D Printing Employee Challenge, which seeks to actively get workers from across Germany involved in the AM effort.

Deutsche Bahn railway 3YOURMIND

At Deutsche Bahn, 3D printing is being used to cut down costs for replacement parts as well as to reduce train downtime. For older train models, especially, it can often be difficult to replace certain components which are no longer in production, which means that trains are often left unused while the part is sourced. AM, however, enables these rarer and harder to find parts to be produced on the fly, drastically reducing down times.

3YOURMIND’s software platform is playing an important role in Deutsche Bahn’s goal of establishing a full digital spare parts warehouse.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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