Currently, we are using 3D technology to maintain one of Huddersfield’s iconic landmarks – the statue of Harold Wilson in St George’s Square.
3D technology is used to scan the prominent 8ft (2.4m) statue of the Huddersfield-born former Prime Minister by the technology team at Huddersfield’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) which is created by sculptor Ian Walters and situated outside the railway station.
This team created a near-perfect visualization of the statue by using the data obtained from the scan and 3D printed an Oscar-style replica, which includes the carved wording in the stone plinth.
Luke Phillips, the 3M BIC’s 3D design technician, and technical assistant scanned the statue just in one hour.
This team used a handheld scanner to capture hundreds of photographs which will allow them to build a mesh of the statue and create a 3D animation.
The data obtained from the scanner can be used to maintain the statue and will allow the Kirklees Council to repair the statute if damaged by using the original data.
Luke mentioned that “The statue in St George’s Square takes pride of place in the town centre, it’s the first thing that visitors to the town see when they arrive by train. Using the data we captured, we were able to develop a 3D printable file.”
Clr Peter McBride, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration also mentioned that “The historical Harold Wilson statue and the area around Huddersfield railway station and St George’s Square are very important to the town.
They represent the town’s history and play a vital part in our Huddersfield Blueprint plans.
“It’s important that we preserve iconic symbols such as these. It’s fantastic that 3D technology enables us to do this.”
Harold Wilson served as Prime Minister between 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976 and holding the title for the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister of the 20th century.
Now in its sixth year, the 3M BIC, based on Firth Street, Huddersfield, provides access to high-quality technology which includes microscopy, metal additive manufacture, x-ray, metrology, virtual reality, and data analytics facilities, and also commercial support for businesses in the Leeds City Region.