Alexander Stoddart FRSE is a Scottish sculptor born in 1959, who, since 2008, has been the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland and is now the King's Sculptor in Ordinary. He works primarily on figurative sculpture in clay within the neoclassical tradition. Stoddart is best known for his civic monuments, including 10-foot (3.0 m) bronze statues of David Hume and Adam Smith, philosophers during the Scottish Enlightenment, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and others of James Clerk Maxwell, William Henry Playfair and John Witherspoon.
The manufacture of a full set of patterns, to be sent to Scotland upon completion, was required for this project. The patterns will then be inspected, rendered and have the final fine details added by Alexander before being sent to the foundry for casting in bronze.
To start off the process, we received a maquette sculpted by Alexander and used our 3D scanning services to collect data from the model which left us with a digital representation of the sculpture. Our CAD department then used this data to scale it up to the desired size and then split it into machinable parts. They then programmed the cutter paths and ran a simulation of the path to ensure it would run smoothly and successfully on the machine.
In total there were 30 individual parts to be machined using the 5-axis CNC machines at our factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, over the course of 2 weeks. The separate parts were then assembled by our team to ensure that they all fit together perfectly.
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