Ogle Models Work with the Bloodhound Project to Create a Functional Model of the Super Sonic Cars Steering Wheel

Table of Content

Introduction to the Bloodhound Project
Ogle Models & Prototypes’ Contribution
Conclusion
About Ogle Models and Prototypes

Introduction to the Bloodhound Project

British entrepreneur, Richard Noble’s latest vision is the Bloodhound Project. One mission of the project is to confront and overcome the impossible with the help of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Motivating the next generation to tackle the global 21st century challenges in these fields is the second mission of the project. In short, the project is all about speed and education. The Bloodhound Project involves the design and development of a SuperSonic Car (SSC), with an ultimate goal of achieving a top land speed of over 1000mph (Figure 1).

Figure 1. The Bloodhound Project is involved in the design and development of a SuperSonic Car, with an ultimate goal of achieving a top land speed of over 1000mph.

Ogle Models & Prototypes’ Contribution

Utilizing and promoting sophisticated engineering and manufacturing technology such as 3D printing/additive manufacturing is part of the remit within Bloodhound SSC. The steering wheel for the SSC is one such component which has brought together additive manufacturing processes and the technology has been essential to the several iterations of the driver's hands and grip (Figure 2). Ogle Models and Prototypes was approached for the fifth such iteration to make a quality working model of the wheel for final design verifications before final production.

Figure 2. Additive manufacturing processes have been essential to the several iterations of the driver's hands and grip.

Ogle produced the fully functional model within hours in PA2200 nylon material using its industrial selective laser sintering (SLS) P730 3D printer. The model was made using the 3D scanned data that was reverse engineered from the driver's hands and fine tuned relating to the functionality and placement of the different controls. Comfort and ergonomics are essential factors to be considered while using the steering wheel at speeds of 1000mph so as to avoid distraction and allow the driver to hit the required controls. This specific iteration was a final testing phase to ensure that the buttons placed on the wheel are precisely positioned on the arc of the driver’s thumb when it rotates and that the two triggers on the rear of the wheel that the driver uses with his index finger match the articulation of prescribed digits.

Conclusion

Such a design improvement and specific customization is a key advantage of 3D printing technologies over more conventional manufacturing technologies. In this way, single or low volume iterative parts can be economically produced, thereby enabling precision results for final production without increasing lead times. Ogle has a high reputation in this field and its proud heritage of British manufacturing excellence is in line with the objectives of the Bloodhound Project. Ogle was proud to play a part in the steering wheel development.

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.

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