Ogle Models Build Optimized Exhibition Model for BAE Systems HybriDrive Series Propulsion System

Table of Content

Introduction
BAE Systems’ Bus Model
Ogle’s Role in BAE Systems’ Model
Conclusion
About Ogle Models and Prototypes

Introduction

BAE Systems is a global company operating in the fields of power management, aerospace, commercial avionics, defense and security, with over 88,000 employees and 25,000 suppliers all across the world. Ogle Models & Prototypes worked with BAE Systems to produce a high spec, interactive, exhibition model to a tight deadline so that the company was able to exhibit the model at a large show in Geneva to demonstrate its HybriDrive® Series propulsion systems to bus manufacturers and operators.

BAE Systems’ Bus Model

Figure 1. The exhibition model of the bus had to be sectioned to reveal the key HybriDrive® propulsion system components.

The exhibition model of the bus had to be sectioned to reveal the key HybriDrive® propulsion system components, including an electric drive motor; a generator installed on a diesel engine, a battery and the main control unit and wheels (Figure 1). This optimized exhibition model helped BAE Systems to convey its intended message ‘we make the hybrid system, not the bus.’ The four main operating conditions of the bus model were highlighted with flashing LED pathways (Figure 2).

Figure 2. The four main operating conditions of the bus model were highlighted with flashing LED pathways.

Ogle’s Role in BAE Systems’ Model

Ogle was in close cooperation with BAE Systems from the earliest concept stages. In the early design phase, Ogle in collaboration with trusted partners, contributed to the design and electronic component elements of this exhibition model. With experience in many projects of this nature, Ogle faced a tight deadline when production got underway, but fulfilled the deadline with the help of its model making experts. With a host of proprietary processes and technologies, Ogle is well positioned to apply the right approach to the project at hand.

Ogle used a range of processes for BAE Systems’ model. The polyurethane model board was CNC machined to fabricate the main shell of the bus, whereas the highly accurate stereolithograpy process was used to 3D print the key HybriDrive system components and bespoke LED pathways. Moreover, the windows were machined from Perspex and the seating elements were CNC machined. The wheels, grab rails, and other detailed additions were fabricated manually. All individual components were fabricated and painted to the exact specifications of the client and assembled and installed on a bespoke platform. Careful mounting of the LED light lines with complete wiring looms and controls onto the model was then carried out. It functioned properly and was provided to a delighted client, in time for the Geneva exhibition.

Conclusion

BAE Systems’ Di Francis expressed the company’s confidence in Ogle to understand the concept and deliver. According to her, the model surpassed the expectations of the company and the outcome was one delighted customer. Ogle fulfilled the requirement within budget and on time.

About Ogle Models and Prototypes

Based and manufacture wholly in the UK, Ogle Models and Prototypes is continually evolving and always provide an exemplary service with an unmatched knowledge base, the most advanced equipment and unrivalled expertise. Ogle combines talented hands on team, with some of the very latest manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing for prototyping and manufacturing together with CNC machining and vacuum casting.

With a dedicated finishing department every model, prototype and part produced by Ogle will be finished to the precise specifications of the client. Ogle has recently invested in a purpose built paint facility, ensuring any fully finished model is given the best of treatments.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Ogle Models and Prototypes.

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