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‘Heart of Steel’ raises £500,000 to help fund lifesaving heart research standard

In less than a year, over 23,000 people have become part of history by engraving their name, or the name of a loved one, on to the iconic Heart of Steel. This has helped raise half a million pounds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), helping the BHF fund ground-breaking research into new treatments and cures for heart and circulatory diseases, including heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors like diabetes. Standing at 2.4 metres high, the Heart of Steel is an art sculpture that has around 150,000 spaces for people to engrave their name, or the name of a loved one, for a donation of £20. Chrish Perera, Head of Field Operations at the BHF, said: “We want to say a ...

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10 ways 3D scanning and measurement can assist your projects image

We offer a range of accurate techniques that can deliver a true and accurate representation of your products, plant and equipment; through the use of 3D scanning and measurement. Digital Archiving– Could assist your industry project by producing 3D digital records for the conservation of all pre-digital objects, from past products to components of machinery. Rapid Prototyping also known as Rapid Manufacturing– This is a quick, reliable and cost-effective way of precise production. It is where a group of techniques are used to quickly put together a scale model of a part or object using CAD data. It can be used for engineering design, tool making, jigs and fixtures, turbines, aerospace, power generation, art and archaeology, consumer products, prototypes ...

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US Navy Seabee Memorial 3D scanned image

US Navy Seabee Memorial

(Adapted from original story in US company, API, have conducted a 3D scan of a Navy monument in Virginia. The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association constructed the monument in 1970 to remember those who served in Naval Construction Battalions. The memorial is currently installed in the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Felix de Weldon, a famous sculptor, designed the dark brown marble memorial with bronze figures and a bronze back wall. Prior to his sculpting work, de Weldon enlisted in the US Navy during World War Two. The monument remains in good condition, but the 3D scan will mean a back-up statue is available should one ever be needed. It will also allow for the creation of mini replicas. Meanwhile, a local university wishes to 3D print a ...

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The ‘Man of Steel’ takes a giant step forward image

We’re delighted to hear that the Yorkshire Man of Steel project has been awarded initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). PES Performance has been involved in the project for the past four years, and we were immediately enthused by the Man of Steel concept from the first time we met Steve Mehdi & Jane in 2012. We’re proud to be based at the heart of the Sheffield City Region, with the region’s heritage and reputation in the coal, steel and advanced engineering industries, and this is one of the key reasons why we decided to locate our business at the Advanced Manufacturing Park. We therefore feel that it is entirely fitting that the Man of Steel celebrates the importance of the Yorkshire steel and coal industries, the lives of the men and women who worked ...

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Renaissance period statue restored with assistance from 3D scanning technology image

Renaissance period statue

3D scanning has played a key role in the restoration of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam.  Adam, a life-size marble statue carved by Tullio Lombardo during the Renaissance period, is a priceless artwork. It was made in the early 1490s but was badly damaged in 2002 in an accident at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York when the sculpture fell and was shattered into multiple pieces. The restoration process took 12-years to restore the figure to its former state. A key part of this was the use of 3D scanning to capture data of the broken pieces of the sculpture and plot a virtual reconstruction of the statue. The first step of the restoration was to digitize the broken fragments, which was achieved by ...

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3D scanning of 30,000 year-old Venus figurine for Belgian art exhibit image

Venus figurine

In a collaboration between the worlds of 3D printing and high art, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium has paired up with The Louvre, to commission the 3D scanning and printing of a replica of the Venus de Galgenberg, one of the world’s oldest figurines. The facsimile is currently on display as part of their ‘2050—a brief history of the future’ exhibition and intends to demonstrate how technology will change the way we experience art. The original Venus de Galgenberg, which is only 7.2 cm high, weighs 10 g, and portrays a woman in a dancing position, is permanently housed at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. In order to ‘bring’ her to the Belgian public, 3D scanning ...

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How the Smithsonian is using 3D scanning to make the past more accessible image

Smithsonian using 3D scanning

The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC is working on the 3D digitisation of their collection that includes about 138 million works of art, specimens and other pieces. To make the most of their limited resources, they seek out different kinds of objects that represent a specific category of the institution’s holdings. That way, they can demonstrate how 3D scanning and printing is can benefit each department. They also use the experience to start creating ways to scale their workflow to fit that department’s needs. “We’re trying to digitize objects that represent the breadth of the collections at the Smithsonian,” said 3D Program Officer, Adam Metallo. The team have been to Chile to scan the skeleton of a Rorqual whale, which was being recovered by paleontologists at ...

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How PES Cloned a Comedy Legend image

Comedy genius Eric Morecambe has been bringing sunshine to visitors at the technology centre at Catcliffe’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. (Original story by Jo Davison published in the Sheffield Star) A larger than life bronze of one half of the legendary Eric and Ernie duo has been gracing the foyer. Eric’s statue had stood on the pier of his home town for 15 years until it was vandalised last autumn and its creator, Barnsley’s professional sculptor Graham Ibbeson, had to rebuild Eric fast. But Eric has not only been rebuilt, he’s been cloned… Thanks to engineering technology experts at Catcliffe’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. Performance Engineering Solutions (PES) Ltd bosses Dan Fleetcroft and Mike Maddock had contacted Graham to offer their services on hearing of Eric’s demise. ...

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