In pictures: Making an Olympic Torch

23 April 2012 Last updated at 17:17

Students in Coventry get the opportunity to watch the Olympic Torch being made in their city
Whitley Academy students Jamie and Chloe visited Premier Sheet Metal in Coventry to see how the Olympic torch is being made
Whitley Academy students Jamie and Chloe visited Premier Sheet Metal in Coventry to see how the Olympic torch is being made.
Laser cutting of aluminium sheets to create the four key pieces that make up the main body of the torch
Aluminium sheets are laser cut to create the four key pieces that make up the main body of the torch.
The laser cuts 8,000 circular holes into each torch at a rate of 16 every second
The laser cuts 8,000 circular holes into each torch at a rate of 16 every second.
The 8,000 circle holes represent the 8,000 Torchbearers who will hold the torch on it's journey across the UK
The 8,000 holes represent the 8,000 Torchbearers who will hold the torch on its journey across the UK.
Once the circular holes have been cut a specialist pressing tool develops the triangular form of the torch
Once the holes have been cut a specialist pressing tool develops the triangular form of the torch.
The torch stands 800mm high. It's triangular form has been inspired by the multiples of three that are found across the vision and delivery of the Olympic Games
The torch stands 800mm high. Its triangular form has been inspired by the multiples of three that are found across the vision and delivery of the Olympic Games
The torch is then welded together, smoothed and end caps are fitted to create the apparently seamless form of the torch
The torch is then welded together, smoothed and end caps are fitted to create the apparently seamless form of the torch.
The emblem of the London 2012 Olympics is affixed to the front of the torch
The emblem of the London 2012 Olympics is affixed to the front of the torch.
Finally the torch is coated with its special gold-coloured finish
Finally the torch is coated with its special gold-coloured finish.
Around 110 torches a day will be carried through over 1,000 communities during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay this summer
About 110 torches a day will be carried through more than 1,000 communities during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay this summer.