Lagonda Autos were founded by the late Wilbur Gunn who was an American born in 1860 and brought up in Springfield, Ohio in the District of Lagonda (Ough Ohonda). In his adulthood he moved to Staines, England in 1891 where he set up the Lagonda Engineering Company in 1899 initially producing motorised bicycles, graduating via tri-cars to bigger cars. Over 1000 Lagondas still exist, many of which are actively used for touring and competition. Many members use their cars regularly and enthusiastically, and join in the diverse selection of events throughout the world which are organised or energetically supported by the Club. Due to the course of time in life and business many of the original spares, along with the original technical documents used to produce the components of the autos, end up in unknown archives, go missing, or get destroyed and in turn the highly needed and desired spares for the moving pieces of history become very hard to acquire or become extinct and in order to keep these precious pieces of history moving the spares need to be re-designed, re-engineered, re-designed, and reproduced and normally at a very hefty price tag. With ME 3D’s expertise and technical experience that does not have to be the case.
3D Printing and 3D scanning and design processes lend well to these situations because with todays technology a component that is hard to get or the last know component on earth can be 3D scanned, back engineered, and then reproduced using today’s additive manufacturing technology.
According to the The Lagonda Owners Club website (http://www.lagondaclub.com/about/) the club was founded in 1933 with the aim to maintain the tradition of a famous British marque and to organise a varied programme of motoring activities for the members of the Club to enjoy. In addition, the club adopted an active program to ensure its members continued and easy access to commonly needed Lagonda spares. https://www.lagondaclub.com/shop/spares/
This is where The Lagonda Owners Club and ME 3D have joined forces. A very active member of the club, Steve Huckvale, contacted ME 3D enquiring whether ME 3D had the capability to back-engineer components and the resounding answer was YES. The Lagonda Club provided ME 3D with an impeller, which was the only remaining decent quality and fundamental casting of the impeller in the world, and ME 3D back engineered the impeller into a 3D model which then could be 3D printed and using to created moulds for investment casting. The model was printed in an ASA material which is a resilient and multi-functional engineering thermoplastic and is very popular for a wide variety of engineering applications including investing casting, tools, jigs, testing fixtures, injection mould tooling, die components, prototypes, and many other applications.
A combination of an original impeller and the last remaining casting were used to create a digital 3D file that was then used to produce a 3D model with our highly accurate industrial 3D printing equipment. The models are then in turn used to make silicon moulds that will then be used to make wax models which are used in the investment casting process. ME can also print in materials that can be used directly in the investment casting process in lieu of wax models eliminating several steps in the investment casting process.
ME 3D is a company based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England and is focused on exploiting the unlimited capabilities and possibilities of 3D printing in the industrial world. For questions pertaining to 3D printing projects, alternative distribution methods, reverse engineering projects, 3D design, rapid prototyping, or any other topic pertaining to the world of additive manufacturing please do not hesitate to contact us via our website www.me3dprint.com, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at +44 (0)1926 511 090.