(Dave Foster, SLA Technician)
Well, our SLA technician Dave Foster is going to shed some light on the chosen process for production and how he helped make the ‘Honda. Great Journey.’ possible.
After 25 years at Ogle, Dave was in control of making all the SLA parts, and deciding which machines would be appropriate for each part and model.
The challenges of the project
“We’ve got a few options on the machine we choose to build the parts on, including: iPro 8000, SLA 3500 and two SLA Vipers. Parts were made using all the machines, for different reasons including speed and accuracy. Our machines can meet an accuracy of ±0.1 mm per 100 mm. This precision was so important for the project in assembling the parts and also limiting post-production time in the workshop.
We also knew that minimising build lines was a priority both for the look of the part as well as in post-production. To limit lines, I studied the CAD and then changed the orientation of lots of parts. Where logos and more detailing would be added to the part, these were the angles that were on an up surface.”
Your Ogle Factor
“Apart from being the resident comedian? I think it’s my experience and knowledge of the process and also our machinery that played a key part in delivering the high-quality finish of the models.”
The best bit?
“Everything went smoothly on the project, all the machines worked perfectly, and we were able to see each model being developed. It’s such an unusual project and there were so many parts to it, watching the whole thing come together in the end was brilliant.”