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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.
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 8,000 holes represent the 8,000 Torchbearers who will hold the torch on its journey across the UK.
Once the holes have been cut a specialist pressing tool develops the triangular form of the torch.
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 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.
About 110 torches a day will be carried through more than 1,000 communities during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay this summer.
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