Union Pacific's 3-D Printing Revolutionizes Railroading
Omaha, Neb., June 7, 2017
While NASA is finding ways to use 3-D printing technology to provide necessities for colonizing Mars, Union Pacific is applying the same technology to make locomotive operations safer and more efficient. The railroad’s efforts and early successes with 3-D printing are outlined in a new Inside Track story published today on the company’s website.
The article includes perspectives from several employees intimately involved with 3-D printing, including System Engineer Royce Connerley, who explain how the technology enhances turnaround time for models and prototypes.
"Printing 3-D prototypes in-house accelerates our rate of change," Connerley said. "We can make modifications during multiple iterations without waiting for each version to be returned from an external vendor."
The feature-length article and photos of materials created with Union Pacific’s in-house 3-D printer are available at https://www.up.com/aboutup/community/inside_track/3d-printing-at-union-pacific-06-07-2017.
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Royce Connerley, senior system engineer-IT, left, and Chuck Karbowski, senior manager-IT, hold 3-D printed remote-control device prototypes next to UP’s 3-D printer.
All items pictured were 3-D printed by UP, including the black panel in the upper left-hand corner, which is now used to house the in-cab locomotive radio system.