Renishaw British engineering company 3D printed world’s first recycling point for good luck
UK – The engineering company Renishaw has 3D printed four fitting sculptures and the world's first recycling point for wishes and good luck.
According to the company, 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 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 from titanium using one of its AM250 additive manufacturing systems, the company said. The system welds layers of fine metallic powder using a precisely controlled laser beam, producing the complex plaque in a single piece.
The elaborately crafted titanium plaque incorporates a variety of lucky symbols into its design, including wishbones, horseshoes, clovers, shooting stars, black cats and more.
"We're incredibly pleased with how accurately our additive manufacturing machine has been able to reproduce the unusual and alluring design," said Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw. "The piece is another example of the potential of 3D printing when it comes to design freedom," Pockett added.
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 currently resides under the Folkestone Central Railway Bridge, where four brightly coloured sculptures stand guard on the plinths, transforming the area into a lucky gateway. The statues resemble four fortunate Folkestone residents that were specifically chosen from 700 applicants and digitally scanned, then reproduced as 3D printed nylon figures.
"Working with Renishaw has been an incredible experience," beamed Brigitte Orasinski, artistic director at Strange Cargo. "Their approachability, innovation and expertise have enabled my team of artists and digital designers to realise Strange Cargo’s vision for our artwork."