Additive Manufacturing Research Group


21 May 2014

Richard III inspires engineers of the future

A group of year 3 schoolchildren from St Bartholomew’s Primary School from Quorn have been given a unique insight into engineering by the Loughborough University team behind the project to 3D print a replica skull of Richard III. Pupils witnessed the full process from digital scanning and computer design to desktop and industrial 3D printing. The group was also given a sneak preview of a replica skeleton of Richard III made through 3D printing and due to be officially unveiled later this year. To commemorate the visit, Loughborough’s engineers had manufactured a one-off 3D model inspired by drawings produced by the class. The model, which featured St Bartholomew’s Church, a tree (the school emblem) and a rainbow, also included the names of the children in the Year 3 class.

Pupils were shown how the model was designed and printed before an official presentation was made to the class and school head Judith Boston.

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