AMRC help create a lasting legacy for the iconic Vulcan bomber

30 June 2016

Engineers from the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are helping to preserve the legacy of the iconic Vulcan XH558 bomber by creating a 'virtual tour' of the aircraft that will be used in a new educational programme.

The iconic Vulcan XH558 bomber at home in the hanger at Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport. The iconic Vulcan XH558 bomber at home in the hanger at Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport.

The Vulcan, an iconic example of British aerospace innovation, was restored by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, returning the aircraft to flight in 2007, 14 years after it was retired from RAF service.

Having completed its last flying season in 2015, witnessed by thousands in the UK and abroad, the aircraft is now permanently on display at Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport, where it will become the centrepiece of a new educational programme planned by the Trust.

The programme has been designed to show young people what can be achieved with a career in engineering and inspiring a new generation of scientists, designers, engineers and aviators.

AMRC metrology engineers approached the Trust to offer their state of the art scanning and measurement capabilities to capture the aircraft in a 3D model that they then used to create a 'virtual tour' of the legendary bomber.

Richard James, Metrology group manager for the AMRC, said: "Vulcan to the Sky want the virtual tour to form an integral part of their educational initiative.

"It will help the Trust enhance their public outreach, allowing unprecedented access to the aircraft, with the public being able to see all around and inside the aircraft in great detail."

The group scanned the aircraft using a spherical scanner (Surphaser) to capture multiple point clouds, from which data can be used for reverse engineering projects such as 3D printing a model.

Metrology engineers Richard James and Tom Hodgson scanning the Vulcan. Metrology engineers Richard James and Tom Hodgson scanning the Vulcan.

They then use a 360

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