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Harold Wilson gets immortalised in 3D

Published 28th Aug 2019 by Lee Pearson

The prominent 8ft (2.4m) statue of Huddersfield’s very own Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, situated in St. George’s Square, has been scanned by the technology team at the 3M BIC.

The prominent 8ft (2.4m) statue of Huddersfield’s very own Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, situated in St. George’s Square, has been scanned by the technology team at the 3M BIC.

Using data captured by the scan, the team created a near-perfect visualisation of the sculpture, and 3D printed an Oscar-style replica, which includes the carved wording in the stone plinth.

The non-invasive scan of the statue took 3D design technician Luke Phillips and technical assistant Stephen Knowles just one hour. Capturing hundreds of photographs enabled the team to build a mesh of the statue, create a 3D animation and develop a 3D printable file. The data from the scans will help preserve the statue and has been given to Kirklees Council, so should the statue ever get damaged the original data can be used to repair it.

Holding the title for the longest serving Labour Prime Minister of the 20th century, Huddersfield-born Harold Wilson still holds the record for winning four elections, serving between 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976. The statue was created by sculptor Ian Walters.

The 3M BIC provides access to technology, including x-ray, microscopy, metrology, metal additive manufacture, virtual reality and data analytics facilities, as well as support for businesses in the Leeds City Region.

www.3mbic.com


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