3D Printing

At the Forge we offer the experience to use a 3D Printer, 3D Scanning, and the use of 3D pens.

Printed working model of an engine

3D printers utilize what’s known as “additive manufacturing”, which means that they create objects by starting with nothing and then adding material.
The printer takes a strand of plastic (filament), melts it, then deposits it on the print bed in a series of layers (slices) that stick together and form an object.

3D printer

The extruder needs to be able to move in 3 dimensions relative to the bed, in order to print the cross section of each layer (X and Y axes) and to move up to the next layer (Z axis).

3D printed space wrench

The Forge has developed a technique to scan a person’s head and shoulders and 3D print a bust of that person.

The Forge has also 3D scanned and 3D printed items and artefacts from the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, then painted the printed objects, for use as handling items for visitors to the museum.

CNC Machine

The Forge has also recently acquired a CNC machine that can carve designs into wood, taking instructions from a computer program according to a 3D design developed in software like Easel. Like the 3D printer, it has a router that moves along an X, Y, and Z axis, only it has a drill bit and spins constantly when in use. It can carve not only wood but also aluminium, plastic, and other materials.


We have been using photos to create immersive tours of churches:

Quadring Church Tour

360 degree photography

To start the tour click on the white site icon at the entrance to the church in the bottom left hand corner of the photograph below and this will enable you to enter the church. Each photograph displays a 360 degree view of the church rotation can be viewed by swiping the screen. The site icon also appears around the church and clicking on the icon takes you to this position. The tour also includes photograph icons and clicking on them opens up further information. The image also uses zoom so detail can be examined.

3D Model

Follow this link to view the church as a 3D Model. Swiping the Model enables you to view different elevations. The icons on the side bar allows a number of functions from measuring to providing a different view of this model.


The history of the church can be read by clicking HERE The building has been listed and the listing can be viewed by clicking HERE

To see video of model click here

Laser Scan

Click here to view. View using a laptop or desktop.