Transmashholding Deploys 3D Rail Technology
Transmashholding Engineering Centre representatives have announced the finalisation of 3D tools deployment at a Technical Committee meeting, representing an advance in 3D rail technology in Russia.
Transmashholding have applied 3D rail technology at various stages of works – including design, engineering and production. Transmashholding exclusively uses 3D tools to manufacture passenger and freight rolling stock for railway and urban applications at 1520 gauge. 3D technology is currently being used to design the advanced Metro cars that will run in Moscow Metropolitan from 2017.
The development process uses visualisation products which analyse design quality and present the view of the product realistically. Transmashholding have created a tool which allows for a 3D centre of virtual reality – a 3D room. This is unusual among railway manufacturers. This unique and interactive format and room size delivers a presentation of products at volume, enabled by the size of the room. Customers then benefit from a 3D photorealistic model from the outside and are then able to travel into the interior of the vehicle before it has been constructed. This life-size virtual model of the interior of the train gives customers a distortionless view.
This cutting-edge 3D technology significantly speeds up the design process, minimises potential errors at the design stage, and collects and analyses data to test variable results. The data collected relates not only to images, but materials, parameters and parts layout, as well as welding and fittings all presented in a digital format. Physical properties “similar to realistic” have counterparts in the virtual environment. Virtual tests can be carried out as static, dynamic, mechanic and climactic tests.
The Transmashholding Group benefits from a common information environment founded on Russian software which has already been rolled out. Next year, all stages of the development process, including engineering, finished product manufacturing, rolling stock models and design documentation will all be undertaken in a digital format, with all results including performed alterations carried out by designers, will be stored on a common database for Transmashholding.