3D printed skeleton of Richard III on display at new visitor centre

Posted by pt91 at Jul 28, 2014 12:44 PM |
Replica based on materials provided by the University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Infirmary
3D printed skeleton of Richard III on display at new visitor centre

Photograph by Andrew Weekes Photography

Visitors are now able to see a 3D printed replica of King Richard III’s skeleton, created by Loughborough University, as part of the exciting new King Richard III visitor centre now open in Leicester.

The University of Leicester announced in February last year that the skeleton found in 2012 in the city by its team of archaeologists was that of Richard III, whose final resting place remained hidden for hundreds of years.

Experts from Loughborough’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering were invited by Leicester  to make a replica of the king’s skeleton, using the latest 3D printing techniques.

Scans of the actual remains taken by the Leicester Royal Infirmary were sent to Loughborough, where they were transformed into a 3D computer model. Laser sintering was then used to create a physical replica of the skeleton. Laser sintering is a technique that uses a high power laser to fuse small particles of materials, in this case plastic, into a mass that has a three-dimensional shape.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society. The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.