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Our StoryOgle is a world class model making and prototyping company with all the capabilities in-house to offer a full service to customers. Customers who include the manufacturers themselves – as varied as Bentley Motor Cars, Virgin Atlantic, Glaxo Smith Kline, Jaguar Land Rover and Lamborghini – as well as design consultancies – such as Forpeople, Product Partners and Seymour Powell. 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 19 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.

Today, its 25,000 square foot facility based in Letchworth has a raft of machines and tools. Together with industrial 3D printing, vacuum casting, CNC machining capabilities and manual tools on the bench, the company also has a dedicated finishing and painting facility. With all these in-house capabilities Ogle can create a range of models and prototypes for clients. In recent years it has built full sized motion cueing simulator seats for fast jet pilot training, scale hybrid drive bus models for unveiling at an exhibition and most recently the next generation of remote controlled and autonomous unmanned boats in various scales.

Ogle has also recently invested in two new machines that will further improve its service to clients. The first is a ColourPro colouring system, which has the ability to offer a vibrant colour range for SLS models and prototypes.

The second is a Belotti five-axis CNC machining centre with a capacity of 4m x 2.6m x 1.3m. Due for commissioning in January 2015, this machine will add significantly to Ogle’s CNC capability enabling larger pieces to be machined in faster timescales.

One of the unique capabilities of Ogle that sets it apart from standard 3D printing bureaus is its ability to take on the more unusual requirements and projects for clients. The Ogle team relish a challenge and the opportunity to draw on its breadth of experience to offer a combination of 3D printing, CNC machining and hand skills as required. But although Ogle prides itself on a high quality and timely delivery, its service is far more than this. Customer relationships are central to everything it does and the Ogle team wants to work closely with customers to understand what it is they want and then exceed their expectations.

“Ogle aims high: the best method of manufacture, the best orientation for the part, the best finishing and the very best in client relationships,” says Dave Bennion, Ogle’s Sales and Marketing Director. “Trust is implicit in everything we do and we don’t tell a client we can deliver if we can’t, we would rather decline a job and keep the trust,” he adds.

By doing this Ogle has managed to build long term relationships with customers, who repeatedly come back with new projects. One such client is the product design consultancy Forpeople who recently said, following a model making project, that it was impressed with Ogle’s willing nature to take on the project, its calm approach despite the tight deadline, its flexible nature, its problem solving abilities and its commitment to providing the highest quality outcome.

“The model is absolutely amazing, we have been especially impressed by your team accommodating the timescale challenges, the way you remained calm throughout, your flexibility with changes, your problem solving all the big challenges, the superb quality (given time and budget)- this has exceeded our expectations” expressed Forpeople’s Director. This is the feedback Ogle strives for with every project.

By providing an excellent customer experience and through continual investment in staff and machinery it can deliver such high quality work to keep ahead of the game.

“We are in a highly competitive and fast moving market but when 100% on time delivery and quality is required, our clients know who to turn to,” concludes Bennion.

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