Whatever the customer’s requirements – from simple concept models to assess size, shape and ergonomics through to highly accurate, finished aesthetic models – Ogle will work with clients to create a model that will precisely meet their needs.
At the start of a design process, concept ideas will often need to be evaluated beyond a drawing on paper or a CAD model on a computer screen and be brought to life as a physical object that can be scrutinised for ergonomics and space consideration. These models can range from small electronic devices to basic airline seats to determine recline angles.
Similarly, clients might already have a fully formed concept and will require the development of a high quality aesthetic model to showcase all the intricate detailing, integrated lighting and high quality finishes. These can vary from handheld devices to full-size concept cars.
Ogle prides itself on its communication skills, which begins the moment the brief is handed to the team.
Having discussed the requirements and how best to deliver within a negotiated budget and time frame, the client will send their design data. This is predominantly CAD files but 2D CAD and even simple drawings are also accepted.
Once this data has been translated into Ogle’s CAD/CAM software, the team will draw on its vast knowledge and skill set to determine the best process for producing the model. This could involve various materials and processes, particularly if there is more than one part in the model.
Ogle constantly invests in the latest technologies and techniques and in combination with traditional skills, the company has everything within its 25,000 square foot facility to provide the optimal solution.
For instance, to deliver rough ergonomic models, the cost effective process of fused deposition modelling (FDM) could be used, whereas for high quality aesthetic models, the stereolithography (SLA) process can meet +- 0.1mm per 100mm accuracy and also delivers a superior surface finish.
Once all the parts of the model have been produced, and if required, they will be sent to Ogle’s dedicated in-house paint and finishing department where full colour textures and finishes can be applied. The highly skilled model making team will then assemble the completed model ready for delivery to the customer.
Here are some examples of aesthetic and concept models that Ogle has delivered to customers in a variety of sectors, from automotive and aerospace through to medical and product design: