This enables Ogle to offer small batch production runs to clients for a variety of applications. The advantage of these processes over injection moulding, for instance, is it negates the need for expensive upfront tooling, which helps reduce both time scales and costs.
If additive manufacturing is the selected process the team will then determine the best orientation etc. For the part to be built in and the material, we’ll often produce one test part before committing to production. This ensures the part is within tolerance, functions fully and the aesthetics will be as intended.
The process starts with the client providing the data for their finished part. A variety of formats are accepted such as .stp, .stl and .iges, which is then translated into Ogle’s CAD/CAM software where it is put into a language that the machine will read.
Alternatively, the client can provide their initial CAD data and Ogle’s engineering team can work with them as they progress through their entire development process from producing early-stage concept models to functional prototypes before the part is in a state where it is ready to go into low volume production.
The key to every project is understanding exactly what it is the client requires, and Ogle deals with every project on an individual basis.
Utilising its in-depth knowledge of the processes and materials, the team will then match the most suitable process to the client’s requirements.
Having determined the best orientation for the part to be built in and the material, we’ll often produce one test part before committing to production. This ensures the part is within tolerance, functions fully and the aesthetics will be as intended.
This substrative process is extensively used at Ogle, with the most recent addition Hurco VM30i 3 axis machining centre increasing its machine count to eight.
These machines produce highly detailed parts accurately and cost effectively in production spec materials.
Offering a wide range of materials, which include ABS and PP type materials as well as those with fire retardant properties, this versatile process for elastomers guarantees precise accuracy and repeatability.
The casting process uses a silicone rubber mould to create the parts and Ogle has created a proprietary method of rapidly producing moulds, which helps to further reduce the overall lead time. We can produce, depending on the silicone tool, on average 20 off per tool, ideal for low volume production.
This additive manufacturing process is capable of building highly accurate, durable and complex parts out of nylon, glass filled materials as well as a fire retardant materials. An additional benefit of this process is that it doesn’t require any post-curing.
The FDM system can build complex, highly accurate and strong parts in a wide range of durable thermoplastics that include ABS, polycarbonate and Ultem 9085.