April 2016

‘HONDA. GREAT JOURNEY.’ | RAPID PROTOTYPING TEAM

‘HONDA. GREAT JOURNEY.’ | RAPID PROTOTYPING TEAM

When industrial designers Map and Mori Inc. were commissioned by Honda to design seven concept vehicles that could retrace the world’s longest route of human migration from Nairobi, Kenya to Manaus, Brazil – the team at Ogle got their thinking caps on to bring these designs to life.

Nick Adams Rapid Prototyping Manager

We’d like to pull back the curtains and introduce you to the rapid prototyping team who made the ‘Honda. Great Journey.’ possible.

Nick became a very early contact for the team at Map and Mouri Inc., working through the initial CAD data and quoting the project with Technical Director, Steve Willmott.

The challenges of the project

“It was extremely important for us to be able to communicate the skills and capabilities here at Ogle. One of the challenges of this project was ensuring that the CAD data was perfect for each model, but also as all the initial data was on a scale of 1:1 this has to be reduced to 1: 24. This meant further communication with Map to rethink certain structures and shapes to maintain each model’s structural integrity.”

“As the project evolved, so did the requirements for the models. Interiors were changed, which demanded more solutions to ensure lead times were met. When you take the time to look at each completed model, you can almost forget just how many parts it took to create. It was managing these parts through the production process that also posed a challenge. But, working alongside Amanda (RP Manager), we coordinated everything, and not one part went astray!”

Your Ogle Factor

“Planning. I’m so particular in the planning stages of a project, using foresight to identify any potential issues. I think that’s the most important skill I brought to this project.”

The best bit?

“You’ve seen the video? It’s brilliant. It was one of those projects that showcases the talents of the whole team, and how everyone works together to deliver something brilliant. When the models were handed over, seeing how happy the client was just made everyone here very proud.”

 

Amanda Hull Rapid Prototyping Project Manager

Amanda and Nick worked closely together to decide on the best build methods, strategies and decision making.

 

The challenges of the project

“It’s always important to get the files ready and in the right format (.STL). I also made changes to the CAD to make sure that all the parts would fit together properly during assemblies. This involved ‘exploding’ some of the models to create more parts, which would ease post-production finishing, or merging some together for overall strength. The biggest challenge was managing all the parts as they went through the workshop, as well as ensuring all client changes and modifications were incorporated successfully.”

Your Ogle Factor

“My Ogle superpower would have to be organisation! All the files were received individually, which meant I had certain models going through different processes at different times – this all had to be coordinated to meet lead times.”

The best bit?

“Watching everyone working together and how each part that needed to move, performed perfectly. When I got to see the finished models, it was brilliant! What an amazing project.”

 

 

 

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