AM recreates 12th century candlestick

Renishaw has been working with Gloucester Cathedral and the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London to recreate a special 12th century candlestick using metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology.

The original candlestick is on show at the V&A Museum, while the Renishaw-manufactured replica will be displayed and used at Gloucester Cathedral. An inscription on the stem states that the candlestick was given to the church of St Peter, now Gloucester Cathedral, by Abbot Peter, who held the post from 1107-13.

A 3D laser scanner was used to capture the complex geometry of the original candlestick, which consists of densely entwined foliage and fantastic creatures, so that it could be reproduced exactly. Renishaw then recreated the candlestick by building it up layer-by-layer from aluminium powder using one of its RenAM 500Q multi-laser AM systems. The replica has now been made available to Gloucester Cathedral.

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