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9 Mar 2015

Loughborough University lecturer brings wedding bouquet to life with 3D printing

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A Loughborough University Additive Manufacturing (AM) expert has used the latest cutting-edge innovations in 3D computer modelling techniques to create a unique wedding bouquet.

Dr Guy Bingham, Senior Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design, has designed what is believed to be the world’s first 3D printed wedding bouquet, complete with nine nylon plastic roses, which incorporates the movement of a real spray of flowers.

The bouquet, which took 40 hours to create, and 18 hours to print using a laser sintering system, was designed for the bride Dr Candice Majewski for her wedding to Bret Hughes in Indianapolis, Unites States. Candice is a Loughborough University graduate and mechanical engineering lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Bingham said: “Candi and I have been friends for years and we lived together during our PhDs when we were both employed as research associates at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

“Candi wanted her bouquet to be quite dainty and elegant and I was inspired by the challenge. I would have really liked to have attended the wedding, but the location and timing meant that it wasn’t possible. Designing this bouquet for her, and it being such a big part of her day, was the next best thing for me and I was delighted to have created something which she can keep as a permanent reminder of her wedding day.”

Dr Majewski said: “Having spent years working in AM research, it seemed only natural to incorporate some aspect of it into our wedding.   When Guy offered to design my wedding bouquet I was over the moon and what he came up with was better than I even imagined. The flowers were a perfect reminder of home on the big day, and are something I will be able to enjoy for the rest of my life.”

Dr Bingham, who has been a lecturer within the Loughborough Design School since 2010, gained a PhD within AM textile structure design and modelling in 2007. He has since designed many items using AM techniques, including footwear, personal protective equipment and the world’s first conformal AM textile dress and personalised Taekwondo torso protector.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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