This might involve having a functional prototype made to verify certain components, to check that a mechanism is functioning correctly or that a new part will fit within an assembly. Or, perhaps, a customer hasn’t quite reached the production stage yet but has need for prototyping in order to inspect parts, especially if there is an issue with the design.
The first step is to understand exactly what the requirements are from the customer.
With a raft of tools and processes in-house, there are a range of ways a prototype can be produced. Having discussed it with the client, as well as drawing on its vast industry experience, the Ogle team will choose the best route forward, taking into consideration budget and timescales.
With a range of software packages in-house, data is accepted in a variety of formats such as .stp, .stl, .iges. This data is then translated into Ogle’s CAD/CAM software where it is converted into a language that the machines are able to read.
Ogle’s facility houses an extensive range of processes, including eight industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing machines in the form of selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modelling (FDM). All produce highly detailed and accurate parts with a variety of material options.
CNC Machining, of which it has have three-axis, four-axis and five-axis machines, is another good option for producing test parts and assemblies as it produces highly detailed and accurate parts in the chosen material the part will be manufactured in or, at least, a material that has similar properties.
Once the prototype has been created, the customer can take it to their assembly and check it fits correctly. They can also test its functionality and that it operates as intended in the environment it will be placed in once manufactured.
If any changes need to be made, Ogle is more than happy to keep the conversation going and be of service where they can.