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Model Firm Celebrates 60 Years of Bikes, Electric Cars, the Popemobile…and Star Wars

A prototyping company which supplies forensically-detailed models to some of the world’s leading brands is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Ogle, based in Letchworth, has worked with a string of iconic global brands since it was formed back in 1954, and even played a crucial role in the production of Hollywood blockbuster Star Wars.

Clients’ demands have seen staff produce replica models of world-renowned products such as the Raleigh Chopper, the Bush radio and even an early prototype of an electric car, while it was responsible for designing the bulletproof  ‘Popemobile’ during John Paul II’s visit to England in 1982.

The company, founded 60 years ago by David Ogle, has continued to evolve and has developed both its technical capabilities as well as its highly skilled work force.

The company’s 60-year heritage is one to be proud of and each decade has seen it go from strength to strength.

We enjoy building strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients and really going the extra mile for them. We think we give them something extra, we’ve got the Ogle factor.

We have worked with some of the biggest global brands, developing a reputation for excellence and reliability. Highlights undoubtedly include working with Raleigh on the iconic Chopper bike and co-operating in the production of Star Wars in 1976.

Ogle marketing and sales director Dave Bennion

Ogle’s business model still continues to evolve with significant investment in both the 25,000 sq ft headquarters and advanced model making and prototyping equipment.

The company, which uses state-of-the-art 3D print technology, is currently investing in a large scale Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine, which produces parts directly from a digital 3D model.

This has seen the company widen the scope of what it can offer customers, allowing clients from diverse industry sectors to benefit from Ogle’s experience.

Work is currently taking place with leading companies from the aerospace, automotive, architecture, medical and defence sectors, all of whom are looking to Ogle’s modelling and prototyping expertise to help grow their product.

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