July 2016

20 YEARS OF ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGY AT OGLE HQ

20 YEARS OF ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGY AT OGLE HQ

There’s no doubt that additive technology, in all its many forms, has developed significantly over the years. We’re always both surprised and entertained by 3D printing making the headlines at least 20 years after we first invested in the technology.

Len Martin, Managing Director at Ogle, first saw additive technology being used in 1993 or 1994 on the television programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’. ­Shortly after this, we purchased our first SLA machine, a 3D Systems 350. This still has its place in our fleet of machinery, albeit a much updated version.

We would like to take you on a guided tour of some of the 3D printing capabilities that are right here at Ogle HQ. We’ll also explain how the business has developed to embrace and excel the technology that was heralded as ‘revolutionary’ back in the 1990s: the ability to print parts directly from CAD data, one layer at a time.

SLA machines at Ogle

iPro 8000

This is a high-productivity system that quickly and economically builds parts with unprecendented surface smoothness, feature resolution, edge definition and tolerances that can rival the accuracy of CNC machined parts. This machine was recently used to produce the Honda concept vehicles. It is also used frequently for casting patterns, robust parts, functional prototypes, and for fit and form testing.

SLA 3500

Delivers industry-strength solid imaging performance. This machine has patented SmartSweep technology which eliminates unnecessary sweeper motion, which in turn, dramatically reduces build times. Its 0.1mm build layer created accurate parts that require significantly less post-production finishing.

SLA Vipers x 2

An advanced solid imaging system that combines standard 0.1mm and high-resolution 0.05mm build layer building in the same system. The Viper can be operated using the high resolution mode for ultra-detailed small parts and features. It is the ideal system for a huge range of parts, including complex medical devices and automotive dash and interior parts.

Steve Willmott, Technical Director at Ogle, said: “We’ve made multiple investments in the company. Currenty operating a 25,000 square foot facility kitted out with a range of machines and tools, in addition to our dedicted paint and finishing facility. Our projects vary significantly, from car lamps, switches and small medical widgets, to a 41 seat aircraft and full-size boat models. We have the capacity and technical ability for even the most challenging projects.”

To remain at the forefront of additive manufacturing, Ogle continue to successfully identify technology that will have long-term relevance to its varied customer base, in addition to striking the balance between tradition and technology.

 

 

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