Rapid Prototyping is the term used for the creation of a 3D model part or product, in accelerated time. The team of experts at Ogle have a wide range of processes at its disposal – all in house. These include advanced industrial 3D printing & additive manufacturing processes such as stereolithography and plastic laser sintering; more traditional subtractive processes such as CNC machining; as well as the vacuum casting process.
Ogle offers its industrial clients an extensive rapid prototyping service providing superior, highly accurate prototypes on time, every time. The key to this service is that Ogle does not just work with one process, which means that the company does not make an application fit a process. Rather, the Ogle team can quickly – and independently – assess project requirements and present clients with a process that will fit the application.
Ogle has invested heavily in both equipment and premises to ensure that it can deliver a tailored and cost-effective solution for every client. In 2008, this saw the creation of Ogle’s “RP Centre of Excellence”. In 2014, considerably investment was put onto creating up to date and efficient workshops. 2015 has seen the installation of a large 5 axis CNC machine, further enhancing Ogle’s capacity for larger projects.
At Ogle we do understand that terminology can often be confusing in this sector and we aim to overcome this with simple points of reference. For applications that require prototypes to be produced – whether this is a single initial concept prototype or a series of prototypes to prove form, fit or functionality – rapid prototyping is the service we supply. This denotes Ogle’s ability to supply prototypes efficiently and within tight deadlines. Process selection is essential, when determining the requirements of the application. It is here that the skill base within the Ogle team ensures success. 3D printing & additive manufacturing processes are a cornerstone of the prototyping service that Ogle offers.
The wide range of processes installed in house at Ogle’s facility ensures not only that the best process solution is available to clients but it also offers wider material choice. There are a number of key benefits that these additive processes bring to prototype applications over more traditional methods, namely faster lead times on the production of the prototype and therefore reduced development time, reduced costs, greater design freedom and part complexity, as well as significantly less material waste. Materials for 3D printing & additive manufacturing processes are in continual development, and while it is widely recognised that, for the most part, they do not have the same properties as final production materials, this gap is closing. Additive processes have proved greatly advantageous in a number of industrial sectors to date, including, but not limited to, aerospace, architecture, automotive, creative design, defence, dental, and medical.
For all prototype applications, Ogle can apply a superior finish, whether this is just for appearance or for full functionality, with working lights and electrics accommodated for example.