3D Printing Richard III
3D printing breathes new life into Richard III, whose final resting place had been a mystery for hundreds of years. The skeleton was discovered last year by a team of archeologists in Leicester. The University of Leicester working together with 3D printing experts from Loughborough School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering have been creating a replica of, what has now been confirmed as, the skeleton of King Richard III, utilizing 3D printing technology.
The scans of the remains that were taken by the Leicester Royal Infirmary were sent to Loughborough, where the team created a 3D CAD model. The physical replica was then built using the laser sintering technique.
In charge of the project was Professor Russell Harris, the head of the University’s Additive Manufacturing Research Group at the Loughborough School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He commented:
“Generating the first 3D computer models was a very exciting moment. And later seeing the skull of Richard III emerge from the powder of the laser sintering machine in physical form was incredible.
It was possible to see clearly a number of the significant injuries that he had sustained in battle and to put together the story of how the King met his death. Recording various aspects of the remains, in both electronic and physical form, will be invaluable for future studies.
Our 3D printing and additive manufacturing activities span a great number of disciplines but this was an exceptionally rewarding case to be involved in. Working with Leicester on this incredible discovery has been a privilege, and it is great that two neighbouring universities have been able to share expertise to create a lasting legacy to Richard III.”
Have a look at the brief video capture of the teams work.