June 2020


People really are at the heart of everything we do here at Ogle – and, most importantly, The Ogle Factor. So, it is time to make a cup of tea, head to the model shop and see who we can find…

Richard Savory started working at Ogle Models in 2011 as a project supervisor within our model shop. Before working with Ogle, Richard spent three years at Foster and Partners, an architectural practice in London. So, having experienced the fast-paced world of in-house model making, Richard was ready to make the leap into multiple sectors and industrial processes.

What made you want to work at Ogle?

“I’ve known of Ogle from the beginning of my career and I actually spent my work experience here while at university. Most of the staff who were working at Ogle then are working here now, so it has always felt a bit like home. Having been back at Ogle for nearly a decade, I love being part of a company that, in my humble opinion, is the very best at what they do and I’m so proud to be a part of that.”

What do you enjoy most about working at Ogle?

“The team environment is certainly one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. I love being part of a team that is always pushing towards a common goal. Although a big part of my job role is to supervise and oversee, I still maintain a strong presence on the bench and very much enjoy being hands on. I’m often speaking and meeting directly with clients to discuss design and construction decisions, managing deadlines, project manpower and quality control. It’s the effective and proactive team here that is essential to our success.”

Ogle have been trading for a quite a few years – have you noticed any changes in the industry?

“Absolutely! You would have to be blind or looking the other way not to have noticed what’s changed. With the advent of CAD, CNC machining and rapid prototyping has changed the landscape forever. When they first made an appearance, some said it would spell the end for traditional skills and bench modelmaking. Thankfully, this hasn’t come to fruition and Ogle have continued to embrace these new methods to become extremely productive and innovative in the way we approach projects.”

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Every time a large mock-up or model gets its finishing touches and you get to stand back and look at what’s been achieved by the team, we all feel proud. I get the greatest sense of satisfaction from being part of the team that has worked on a project. I feel proud seeing the team all working together, everyone has a place and I never fail to be impressed by it.

What should we watch out for in the industry? Any game-changers on the horizon?

3D printing is where things are progressing rapidly. We’ve purchased larger capacity machines that mean we can utilise them even more to increase detail and strength of our parts. It also means we can integrate printed components more and more into our projects. Traditionally, we would have turned to CNC machining to achieve these required attributes. Complex parts, large or small, with compound surfaces would have been time consuming to produce on a CNC mill can now be printed with no loss of quality or strength.”

What advice would you give to someone starting off in model making?

“Work hard and learn from the more experienced members of your team. A university course will only you get you part of the way. It’s the practical experience of working with a professional firm that will develop your skills. Attention to detail is vital in our industry and keeping your work as neat and accurate as possible will pay dividends in the end.”

Finally, tell us something we don’t know about you please?

“I’ve always wanted to work in a creative industry and making things has been in my blood since an unhealthy obsession with Lego at a young age. So, Ogle suits me very well. Things you might not know include the fact I’m a keen runner, winter sports enthusiast and petrol head.”

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