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Bus model just the ticket

Ogle Models & Prototypes : 05 March, 2014  (Application Story)
BAe Systems used Ogle Models & Prototypes to fulfil a tight deadline for producing a high spec, interactive exhibition model that was to highlight the company's HybriDrive Series propulsion systems to bus manufactures and operators at a large show in Geneva.
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In practical terms, the model of the bus had to be sectioned to show the min HybriDrive propulsipn system parts, which included a generator that was mounted to a diesel engine; an electric drive motor; and the main control unit and wheels.
 
In terms of functionality, the main units had to be linked with flashing LED pathways to the wheels to show the four main operating conditions of the system.
 
From the earliest concept stages, Ogle worked closely with BAE Systems and brought in partners to collaborate on the design and electronic component elements of the model. The main body shell of the bus was CNC machined from polyurethane model board while the bespoke LED pathways and main HybriDrive system components, which were complex in nature, were 3D printed using the highly accurate stereolithograpy process. In addition, Perspex was machined for the windows, the seating elements were CNC machined and the grab rails, wheels and other detailed additions were then made by hand. All individual components were finished and painted to specification and assembled and painted on a customised plinth.
 
The LED light lines, complete with wiring looms and controls, were then carefully fitted to the model.
 
 
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