A masterclass in prototyping excellence

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With unrivalled model making and prototyping experience, Ogle Models has carved its own niche within the industry; widely known as the go-to firm for expert advice and quality.

Client-focused service

Specialising in 3D printing, CNC machining, bench model making and finishing, Ogle work closely with its clients to ensure they are selecting the most appropriate process, or combination of processes, for a particular prototyping requirement.

Specialist sector experience

Since it formed in 1954, the last 20 years have been specifically focused on the prototyping market, investing heavily in industrial machinery and a workforce with unparalleled knowledge. Ogle, based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, works with companies across a range of sectors. This includes automotive, defense, marine, medical devices, aerospace and consumer products.

Raising industry standards

Although Ogle will, of course, print more ‘straightforward’ one-process models for clients, it is the larger scale, more complex projects in which the company can really bring to bear its experience and expertise.

Len Martin, Managing Director at Ogle, said: “We look for larger projects that we can get involved in and engage with clients to really understand what it is they are trying to achieve. We want to work with the customer to build a long-term relationship.”

Once you’ve sent your files across for a quote, the experts at Ogle review the CAD, assess your project requirements, selected process and, if required, consult with you if another method would be the most cost effective or closer to your objectives.

Investing for the future

While some might imagine 3D printing is a very recent invention, Ogle invested in its first sterolithography machine in 1997 and the firm now house four SLA machines, three SLS machines as well as offering provisions for FDM.

The use of FDM is increasing for Ogle as firms who can’t justify the tooling costs for injection moulding or require extremely demanding product tests use this process. From functional testing and low-volume production to jigs and fixtures and replacement part manufacturing, this RP method greatly reduces the costs associated with product development.

It is also applicable to various industries, including aerospace, engineering and manufacturing to name a few. The composition of the materials make them suitable for end-use prototypes.

Speed and service

Speed, says Sales and Marketing Director Dave Bennion, is always critical in the prototyping business. “Lead times never get any longer in this business” he comments.“ Our last survey showed we had a 98 per cent ‘on time; a delivery rate that is excellent for the industry.

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