Leading Edge Technology
J. Rotherham’s technology base for stonework is the most extensive and sophisticated in the UK. We have unrivalled experience in the use of CNC machinery, being the first company in Britain to install a stone-working CNC in 1988. Twenty years later we continued our tradition of being at the forefront of masonry and carving technology with the installation of the country’s first seven-axis robotic machine (this specialises in carving 3-dimensional free form sculpture).
We have been involved with complex, demanding marble and stonework for decades, and it is not only having the latest technology, but possessing a tradition and passion of pushing it to its limits that sets us apart.
The robot can work in conjunction with a portable laser scanner which can scan and store the 3-dimensional forms of almost any object, large or small (perhaps an antique sculpture or finial, even a person). The robot can read this information to produce an almost complete carving, with a significant reduction in costs and an extraordinary level of accuracy.
The robot can be programmed to leave as much, or as little, to hand finishing, effectively acting as a mechanical assistant to the carver. It is also easy to re-size or mirror-image sculptures and carvings done with the robot.
The ability to scan carvings or clay models and produce them with the aid of this technology means that work can be produced individually or in quantity with scientific accuracy. Our technological capabilities can make a significant difference in time, quality and cost.