The casting house, 3D printing and bespoke manufacturing company will be demonstrating its skill in model making and rapid prototyping by scanning its 16-strong 3D printing staff members and creating them into a collection of seven inch-high, fully coloured and realistic resin models.
Using the CAD files produced during the scans, WB has also created a variety of 3D photo-realistic ‘sculptures’ of the team cast in bronze.
WB said that these serve to demonstrate how easily such scans can be manipulated to achieve a variety of different effects, and also show the company’s capacity to produce not simply bespoke jewellery but also quite large objets d’art.
Glen Day, head of new business, said: “Having a model of everyone in the team available on the stand will give our regular customers the chance to ‘meet’ the person to whom they speak on the phone – if not actually in the flesh then at least in miniature.
He said it will be fun for people looking at the miniatures to try and guess who’s who. Although, he commented the “mini-me’s” do also have a serious purpose. “We find that we are increasingly being asked to produce precious metal replicas of real, everyday objects for use not simply in jewellery but also in gift products.
“A recent high-profile commission was for a luxury car brand where we produced a paperweight taken from a scan of the actual car and correct in every tiny detail. The miniatures on show will provide a demonstration of just how far the technology has advanced and of WB’s capabilities in this respect.”