Advanced Manufacturing’s Man of Steel to oversee Sheffield

mos300A 30m ‘Man of Steel’ sculpture is to be installed high above Sheffield and Rotherham in 2015. Seated on an accessible three-storey building positioned on a former landfill site, the highly polished steel figure will be seen from Rotherham, much of the city of Sheffield and from the M1 motorway, which carries 100,000 vehicles a day.

Dassault Systèmes 3D technology was deployed to develop an exact digital 3D replica of a bronze casting made from artist Steve Mehdi’s packaging tape constructed original. This virtual sculpture helps generate physical versions of the Man of Steel from different materials in different sizes.

Sheffield Hallam University’s Geometric Modelling and Pattern Recognition Group used laser scanners to measure and digitise the precise dimensions of the original work. Machining specialists at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) then converted the data and input to Dassault Systèmes technology which allows design and engineering functions to be conducted on a unified software platform.

The development, construction and installation of the full scale Man of Steel involves several hundred people across a range of employment areas in the Sheffield City Region. These include, off-site design and fabrication, rapid prototyping and manufacturing, on-site engineering and deep pile foundation work, as well as installation and fitting out the visitor centre.

“We have the steel, fabrication, construction and sponsors in place for a public opening in 2015,” said Mehdi. “The figure represents Mankind and despite its size it does not impose itself on people.”

Currently a 3m model has been made at AMRC, an art collector’s 30cm limited edition in bronze has sold out and an edition in silver is planned. The large-scale steel version will be based on the original laser scans to ensure that the artist’s vision and intent are retained through to completion.

The sculpture will be built in an area that has suffered significant economic setbacks and has recently been defined as an ‘enterprise zone’ by the Government.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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