Category Archives: University of Warwick

3D printed rescue drone developed by Warwick students

University of Warwick fourth year students have developed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to aid in mountainside rescue as part of the UK government sponsored program Horizon (AM), which aims to encourage the advancement of 3D printing in aeronautics. Regulative barriers The UAV’s main function is to deliver vital supplies on mountain rescue missions. As such, […]

3D printed rescue drone developed by Warwick students

University of Warwick fourth year students have developed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to aid in mountainside rescue as part of the UK government sponsored program Horizon (AM), which aims to encourage the advancement of 3D printing in aeronautics. Regulative barriers The UAV’s main function is to deliver vital supplies on mountain rescue missions. As such, […]

3D Scanning Catches Criminals

A collaboration between industrial researchers at Warwick University and the West Midlands Police using 3D scanning, printing and virtual reality has provided crucial evidence to a murder conviction for the first time. Lorenzo Simon was sentenced to life in prison last month for the barbaric murder of a housemate, whose body he dissected and stuffed inside suitcases he later hurled into Birmingham Canal, with help from his girlfriend Michelle Bird. The use of 3D scanning was instrumental in the conviction of Simon.   Detectives managed to recover part of the victim’s humerus from an oil drum (which was used as a furnace to destroy evidence). Experts from the University of Warwick then used 3D scanning techniques to prove the part fit seamlessly with a limb discovered in the case. WMG (University of Warwick) researchers usually work with partners in the automotive and aerospace industries, using 3D scanning and printing to pinpoint material faults. Working with the West Midlands Police, they repeatedly x-rayed nine pieces of bone at a range of angles, using the thousands of images to create 3D ultra scans. They were then displayed on a virtual reality 3D video wall, allowing detectives, police forensic experts and crown prosecutors to examine the digital images in remarkable depth. Professor Mark Williams, head of product evaluation technologies at WMG, said: “A black lump resembling a large piece of coal was found […]

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