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DB ESG expands Digital Manufacturing services to UK rail industry

Using technology such as 3D printing and scanning to address component supply issues and solve engineering problems

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DB ESG, a leading provider of rolling stock engineering solutions, has expanded its Digital Manufacturing (DM) services. Building on its innovative work in 3D printing, DB ESG now offers a comprehensive DM service to the UK rail industry – demonstrating significant growth and development in this business area.

Since its DM journey began in 2018, DB ESG has been at the forefront of this technology, using it to address component supply issues and solve engineering problems in over 93 individual projects for 20 different customers. The company’s approach has solved engineering and operational problems – enabling vehicles to remain in service and improving the overall efficiency of the UK rail sector.

DB ESG expands Digital Manufacturing services to UK rail industry - using 3D printing and scanning to address component supply issues.DB ESG now offers an extensive range of 3D printed materials from carbon-reinforced or flexible polymers to various metals. Manufacturing processes like 3D printing allow for the supply of just one unit – circumventing large minimum order quantities, removing the need for storage, and keeping costs low. Components can be delivered within days rather than the months it can take to manufacture traditionally.

“A clear commercial strategy was set up for DM, including three clear business streams: obsolescence, bespoke components, and 3D scanning. Alongside the commercial strategy, a technical strategy has been established focused on research and development into different materials, new technologies, and innovative processes. This has provided us with endless use cases and established our position as the market leader for Rolling Stock Digital Manufacturing,” said Daniel Hartley, Digital Manufacturing Business Lead for DB ESG.

“We were the first in the UK to place 3D printed parts into commercial service on a passenger train in 2019. Since then, we have rapidly expanded our offering and have provided Digitally Manufactured components and services to major OEMs, TOCs and ROSCOs. From individual parts to entire fleet fitments,” said Nick Goodhand, Managing Director of DB ESG.

DB ESG has also developed an online Digital Manufacturing Hub with a catalogue of parts. This serves as both an educational and procurement tool where parts can be ordered online.

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