Form Fit & Function Prototypes

Ogle’s been in the business of making models and prototypes since it was originally founded in 1954.

Always keen to invest in new methods and processes, Ogle was one of the first companies to buy a stereolithography (SLA) machine over 20 years ago. The company’s now expanded 25,000 square foot facility is kitted out with an extensive range of machinery and, in combination with the skills and knowledge that has been garnered over all these years, it has the capability to help customers with whatever their prototyping needs might be.


What the prototype is needed for

As a design progresses through the various stages of the process from concept through to pre-production, prototypes will need to be made. These form, fit and function prototypes might, at the very start of the process, be simple block models to initially assess size and shape.

As the design progresses, more sophisticated prototypes might be made to firstly check for fit, ensuring that all parts fit within an assembly, and, lastly, to check the functional aspects of the prototype especially that of working mechanisms.

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Working With Ogle

The first step in any project is to understand exactly what it is the client wants to achieve. Whether an initial concept model or a functional prototype, Ogle will work alongside the client to assess the project requirements before deciding upon the right prototyping method for their needs, whether that be utilising the skills of the model makers or using the 3D printers or CNC machines.

At the start of the process and with a range of software packages in-house, data is accepted in a variety of formats. If it’s a basic form prototype, Ogle’s model makers can work from simple sketches and 2D CAD drawings.

Vast in-house capabilities

  • If 3D printing is the chosen route, Ogle has eight industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing machines, all of which produce highly detailed parts with excellent accuracy.
  • On the other hand, the subtractive process of CNC machining also offers benefits in terms of creating highly detailed parts and accurate parts. From a small Bridgeport 560mm right up to a 5 axis Belotti 4000 x 2600 x 1300mm, Ogle has the capacity to produce all manner of parts.
  • Vacuum casting is also available, which is an especially versatile process for elastomers that offers part accuracy but in materials that will mimic the final production part.

Communication with clients

The customer is at the heart of what Ogle does. The company strives to create successful working relationships that start the moment the brief is discussed.

Throughout the entire build process, the Ogle team will regularly communicate with customers to keep them updated on progress.

It’s this personal touch that often results in repeat business.


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