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Animal Tracking Collar
For this project PD Models was approached by the Royal Veterinary College to help in the development of a tracking collar to go out in the field to help with their research. The project came with a few specifications that would require some careful consideration. As these models would be the final production parts that would be going into the field and being used on real animals.
Models not only had to survive the rough and tumble of being strapped to the neck of a live cheetah, they also had to hold up its stability in the harsh African sun. The design also incorporated a solar cell to power the electronics, the unit therefore had to have a high gloss window that was transmissive on UV light to maximise the cells capability.
Having gone through a process of creating an SLA, hand finishing and taking this master model through silicone tooling to vacuum casting, PD Models provided a short production run of components. With PD Models extensive experience with vacuum casting we were able to produce the parts on time and budget, fulfilling every one of the client’s specifications. Makes is happy to think one of our models is now running about the African savannah!
(c) A Wilson, Structure and Motion Lab, The Royal |Veterinary College www.rvc.ac.uk/sml
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