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Renishaw has 3D-printed luck in the form of four felicitous 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 renowned 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 in titanium using an AM250 additive manufacturing machine. The machine provides accurate builds from a single point, which allowed the plaque to be printed as a distinct piece.

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

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Key benefits of product application

  • According to Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw, the company’s additive manufacturing machine has successfully reproduced Strange Cargo’s unusual and alluring design for the luck and wish recycling point.
  • Pockett said: ‘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 builds.’
  • Brigitte Orasinski, artistic director at Strange Cargo, said that Renishaw’s ‘approachability, innovation and expertise’ have enabled the team of artists and digital designers to realise Strange Cargo’s vision for ‘The Luckiest Place on Earth’.

Renishaw

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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