Lagonda Autos were founded by the late Wilbur Gunn. Gunn 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, they produced 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. They join in the diverse selection of events throughout the world. All of which are organised, or energetically supported, by the Club.
Due to the course of time in life and business, many of the original spares and technical documents used to produce the components of the autos, end up in unknown archives. Sometimes they can also go missing, or get destroyed. In turn, the highly needed and desired spares for the moving pieces of history become very hard to acquire or become extinct.
In order to keep these precious pieces of history moving, the spares need to be re-designed, re-engineered, re-designed, and reproduced. Normally, this can come with a very hefty price tag. With Systems 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. With today’s technology a component that is hard to get or the last known component on earth can be 3D scanned and back engineered. It can then reproduced using today’s additive manufacturing technology.
According to the The Lagonda Owners Club website, the club was founded in 1933. The aim was to maintain the tradition of a famous British marque. As well, they wanted 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.
This is where The Lagonda Owners Club and Systems 3D have joined forces. A very active member of the club, Steve Huckvale, contacted Systems 3D enquiring whether Systems 3D had the capability to back-engineer components. The resounding answer was YES.
The Lagonda Club provided Systems 3D with an impeller, which was the only remaining decent quality and fundamental casting of the impeller in the world. Systems 3D back engineered the impeller into a 3D model which then could be 3D printed and using to create moulds for investment casting.
The model was printed in an ASA material. This material is a resilient and multi-functional engineering thermoplastic. It is very popular for a wide variety of engineering applications including investing casting, tools, jigs, testing fixtures and injection mould tooling. It can also be used for 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. This file was then used to produce a 3D model with our highly accurate industrial 3D printing equipment.
The models are then used to make silicon moulds. These moulds will then be used to make wax models. The wax models are then used in the investment casting process.
Systems 3D can also print in materials that can be used directly in the investment casting process in lieu of wax models. This eliminates several steps in the investment casting process.
Systems 3D is a company based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire in England. They are focused on exploiting the unlimited capabilities and possibilities of 3D printing in the industrial world.
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