Alstom opens new facilities for its 3D printing hub in Spain
Alstom has opened new facilities in its 3D printing center in its Santa Perpètua industrial center in Barcelona, Spain, dedicated to the entire Alstom team and 3D printing equipment.
The new facilities, located in the heart of the factory, have a component scanner, 10 FDM industrial wire machines and three SLA-DLP resin devices, which allow printing tools for industrial centers and prototypes to validate designs, molds and series parts.
From April 2020 to March 2021, the hub designed and printed over 258 different types of parts with a total of 13,978 parts manufactured, resulting in significant time savings equivalent to weeks of work.
“This new expanded hub will allow us to increase the number of components generated by 3D printing, including structural, functional and safety elements; by incorporating new materials and techniques that improve Alstom’s manufacturing processes, ”said Jaume Altesa, hub manager and one of the group’s 3D printing experts.
Alstom claims that one of the keys to the success of incorporating printed parts into the manufacturing process lies in the Barcelona team’s specialization in plastics approved for use in rolling stock, highly resistant to fire and to smoke. This expertise allows them to perform the entire workflow from the center, including post-processing and reverse engineering tasks and provide support to the rest of its centers.
The hub has participated in many key projects at group level, such as the TGV 2020 (Alstom’s latest generation of very high speed trains), in collaboration with the La Rochelle plant, for the analysis and redesign of train components.
Created in 2016 as part of Alstom’s Industry of the Future program, the 3D printing center of the Industrial Center of Santa Perpètua was the pioneer in the integration of this type of technique at Alstom. The center is currently immersed in several innovation projects focused on metal 3D printing and joint initiatives with other corporate centers and in collaborative projects with the regional ecosystem of companies dedicated to 3D printing. in Catalonia.