3D Printing

Rolls-Royce uses 3D scans in new video

3D scanning captures the history of iconic British car manufacturer Rolls-Royce in a new series of videos narrated by Kate Winslet. Exploring the beginnings of the company, including breaking the land-speed record, the House of Rolls-Royce video series uses impressive 3D imaging of not just cars but also the founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.

Gif showing 3D model of a Rolls-Royce car. Images via Rolls-Royce.

Spirit of Ecstasy 

The luxury car manufacturer was formed by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce in 1906. In this video series, the company are capturing over 100 years of history, in the build up to the release of their new Phantom model.

The first video in the series uses motion capture and 3D scanning technology to explore the origins of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ figurehead that has featured on the front of their cars since 1911.

Newer editions of the hood ornament are made of glass. Image via MotorAuthrority.
Newer editions of the hood ornament are translucent and can be lit up. Image via MotorAuthrority.

Future technology

Rolls-Royce are advancing technology in both the automotive and aerospace industries, and they recently revealed the futuristic self-driving 103EX concept vehicle.  The company have recently suggested that they may look towards 3D printing to create bodywork for autonomous cars. Inside the autonomous 103EX the voice assistant used to control the car has been named Eleanor after Eleanor Thornton -the actress who was modelled for the original Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.

The driverless 103EX prototype model. Image via BBC.
The stylish driver-less 103EX prototype. Image via BBC.

The company are also exploring the use of 3D printing within their bespoke range of cars as they look towards the future. Speaking in an interview with Forbes Torsten Müller-Ötvösm Vice President and Director of Rolls-Royce, says that bespoke design is key to the company’s ability to stay at the top of their game.

The Phantom car will be released in 2018 and has, according to BMW Group who own Rolls-Royce, ‘more than 10,000 additively-manufactured parts’ built into the car.

Featured image is a screenshot from the video. Image via Rolls-Royce.