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Renishaw has started 3D printing luck in the form of four fitting sculptures and the world’s first recycling point for luck and wishes. The pieces were created in collaboration with Strange Cargo, a Folkestone-based visual and public arts company commissioned to produce a new piece for the UK’s Folkestone Triennial arts festival.

For the installation, entitled ‘The Luckiest Place on Earth’, Renishaw produced the intricately designed and sculpted luck and wish recycling point from titanium using one of its AM250 additive manufacturing systems. The system welds layers of fine metallic powder using a precisely controlled laser beam, producing the complex plaque in a single piece.

The titanium plaque incorporates a variety of lucky symbols into its design, including wishbones, horseshoes, clovers, shooting stars and black cats.

Visitors to ‘The Luckiest Place on Earth’ are invited to make a wish and leave a penny at the recycling point, then remove someone else’s penny as a memento of fortune gained. The piece resides under the Folkestone Central Railway Bridge where four brightly coloured sculptures stand guard on the plinths. The statues resemble four Folkestone residents that were specifically chosen from 700 applicants and digitally scanned and then reproduced as 3D-printed nylon figures.

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  • Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw, said: ‘We’re incredibly pleased with how accurately our additive manufacturing machine has been able to reproduce Strange Cargo’s unusual and alluring design for the luck and wish recycling point. The piece is yet another example of the potential of 3D printing when it comes to design freedom. 3D printing is no longer just a prototyping method; it’s a practical solution for producing highly complex one-off and small batch builds.’
  • According to Brigitte Orasinski, artistic director at Strange Cargo, Renishaw’s approachability, innovation and expertise have enabled the Folkestone company’s team of artists and digital designers to realise the vision for ‘The Luckiest Place on Earth.’
  • Orasinski said: ‘The resulting 3D-printed luck point and sculptures are groundbreaking. I still can’t believe how quickly Renishaw was able to create such complex designs.’

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A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

Sensors for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are an industry standard, from basic touch-trigger probes through to automated stylus and probe changers, motorised indexing probe heads, and revolutionary five-axis measurement systems.

Machine probes for CNC machine tools allow automated tool setting, workpiece set-up, in-cycle gauging and part inspection. Products include laser tool setters, contact tool setters, tool breakage detectors, touch probes and high accuracy inspection probes.

For motion control, Renishaw supplies laser encoders, optical linear encoders, optical angle encoders, optical rotary encoders, magnetic rotary encoders, magnetic chip encoders and magnetic linear encoders.

To analyse the static and dynamic performance of position-critical motion systems, Renishaw’s laser interferometer and environmental compensation system offers a linear measurement accuracy of 0.5 ppm, readings of up to 50 kHz and a linear measurement speed of up to 4 m/s, with a linear resolution of 1nm.

Renishaw’s Raman spectroscopy products exploit the Raman effect to identify and characterise the chemistry and structure of materials. A diverse range of analytical applications include pharmaceutical, forensic science, nanotechnology, biomedical and semiconductors.

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