Firm purchases pioneering machine to boost productivity

A design and prototyping company has unveiled a major addition to its industrial 3D printing technologies by purchasing a pioneering machine, which is set to boost productivity.

Ogle, based in Letchworth, has invested £60,000 into the installation of a FORTUS 400 FDM machine. The piece of equipment can provide real parts for making jigs, tools and inspection parts in short timescales which are ready for immediate use.

Marketing and sales director Dave Bennion said: “We believe the purchase of the FORTUS 400 FDM machine is a much needed addition to our already impressive fleet of state-of-the-art technologies.

“The equipment is ideal for bespoke one-offs or short production runs, which is going to help speed up productivity, without compromising the quality of the prototypes that Ogle has become well known for within the industry.”

The FORTUS 400 FDM has a build envelope of 406 x 355 x 406 mm, initially running three thermoplastic materials including PC-ISO (polycarbonate-ISO), ASA -UV (a stable production grade thermoplastic) and ULTEM 9085 (a flame retardant high performance thermoplastic).

Parts can be printed in four different layer thicknesses ­­­– .127mm, .178mm, .254mm and .33 mm depending on the requirements of the design and the materials specified. However, not all materials are suitable for the different layer thicknesses.  Parts are produced within an accuracy of ±.127 mm or ±.0381 mm per mm.

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