Ironbridge Coracle Trust need help to create a unique museum piece.

The 3D Measurement Company (T3DMC) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire have been approached by the Ironbridge Coracle Trust to help with a unique opportunity to help preserve one of the oldest river transport methods in existence. This is an important heritage project which has seen the Coracle Trust granted £76,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to rebuild the coracle shed and commemorate the life and work of river men. The aim of this project is to recreate a coracle as an exhibit in this new museum where visitors can sit in the replica vessel.

Handheld Laser scanners are used to generate a 3D scan of the coracle.

T3DMC have used the latest technology in 3D laser scanning to help recreate ancient boat building craft by using reverse engineering – a 3D scan is taken of an existing coracle to capture the precise dimensions of the boat. This data with then be fed into a 3D printer to create an exact replica of the original. This technique is regularly used in the manufacturing industry where drawings have been lost or parts such as tooling have been manually modified or worn over time. 3D scanning is now used extensively in these instances as you can capture a 3D image of the original part to very high accuracy enabling a 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) model to be created. The 3D CAD is used to support the re-manufacture of the original part, using either advanced machining processes, the latest 3D printing, or additive manufacturing techniques.

Who are The 3D Measurement Company?

T3DMC was formed in 2013 in a high technology 3D scanning facility in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and is now home to the largest open-source, automated, optical scanning facility in the UK, capable of handling parts up to 3m in diameter and 2 tonnes in weight.

More recently, T3DMC have added a portfolio of handheld 3D laser scanning equipment to the business in order to further grow their 3D scanning service and product offer. The launch of these products was met with considerable interest at the recent Advanced Engineering 2018 exhibition held at the NEC in Birmingham (31 Oct – 1 Nov).

What did they say?

Neal Taylor, Technical Director of T3DMC said; “We are all really excited to be able to support such an important heritage project using innovative new 3D scanning techniques to replicate such an ancient craft. We all live in Shropshire now and with the business based in Bridgnorth, we feel very connected to the local area so we were delighted to assist the Ironbridge Coracle Trust with their project. We have used one of our new range of handheld 3D laser scanners for the project, as it is capable of measuring larger objects quickly with accuracy levels down to 20 microns, so it is the ideal tool for the job. We do not need to use any surface preparation with this type of scanner so we will not damage the original coracle in any way whilst still capturing accurate 3D scan data.”

More recently, T3DMC have added a portfolio of handheld 3D laser scanning equipment to the business in order to further grow their 3D scanning service and product offer. The launch of these products was met with considerable interest at the recent Advanced Engineering 2018 exhibition held at the NEC in Birmingham (31 Oct – 1 Nov).

The output from the scan is a computer file containing the exact measurements of the coracle in 3 dimensions and it will include every feature of every surface of the coracle to make sure the printed version is an exact replica. The finished result will be very durable and ideal for visitors to climb into, to get an idea of the skill required to balance and steer such an ancient craft.

Graham Peet, Ironbridge Coracle Trust said; “We are creating a museum in Ironbridge to tell the story of coracles in the Gorge. As a part of this work we want to create a replica coracle which will become a coracle sculpture which visitors can sit in.”

Watch the video below which showcases the capabilities of our handheld 3D scanner on this project.

Find out more about this local heritage project and donate here:
www.coracleshed.org/coracles

For more information on T3DMC services and products please contact Neil McIndoe on 07737-719938 or email him at neil@t3dmc.com