“The Ogle Factor is part of the fabric of our day-to-day activities at Ogle. It’s fundamental to our company’s proactive culture, and something that continues to evolve with our clients’ needs and advancing technology. We like being ahead of the curve, it’s where we’re comfortable, and it keeps us on our toes.”Dave Bennion - Marketing and Sales Director
Since the company was founded in 1954 by David Ogle, it has continued to evolve and has developed both its technical capabilities as well as its highly skilled work force.
The company’s 60-year heritage is one to be proud of and each decade has seen the company go from strength to strength, building relationships with clients based on an expanding service offering.
The company had moved in to its current premises in Letchworth, UK in 1960. In the same year, the then Electricity Council commissioned Ogle to carry out a study for an electrically powered taxi- somewhat ahead of the curve. Other iconic brands that benefitted from Ogle’s services through the 1960’s and 70’s included the Bush Radio, Raleigh Chopper, Bond Bug, the T45 truck cab for Leyland Vehicles (British Design Award) and fire engine maker HCB-Angus, later Dennis.
Having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2014, Ogle offers far more than what’s expected of a 3D printing bureau.
Ogle is a world class model making and prototyping company with all the capabilities in-house to offer a full service to customers.
Ogle differentiates itself in this highly competitive market by continually investing in new processes and technologies whilst still utilising the all important traditional bench hand skills. Deemed as its secret weapon, this core strength of skills from time served model makers enables the fabrication of both large and small structures and assemblies. Some of its early work where these skills were applied included models for the original Star Wars film including the Y Fighter and Luke Skywalker’s Land-speeder in 1976. Striving to remain at the forefront of this industry, Ogle always keeps abreast of the latest technology developments. For instance, it was one of the first UK model makers to install the vacuum casting process and also one of the first to invest in an SLA machine 18 years ago. A few years later, it was again one of the first to install and exploit SLS technology. These investments not only drastically reduced lead times but also enabled Ogle to produce complex geometries that were previously impossible to manufacture.