you wish when you were a kid that you could get paid for building stuff
out of LEGO blocks? It probably never occurred to me at the time (not
much did), but obviously it occurred to the people at
Bricks. While a lot of artists create their LEGO sculptures out
of a sense of artistry[sic] je ne sais quoi, for these folks it's serious
business. Bright Bricks has paying customers who use the talent of the
team to design and build promotional props. In this case, Rolls-Royce
contracted with them to prepare a half-size scale model of their new
Trent 1000 gas turbine jet engine, which is destined for Boeing's 787
Dreamliner. According to
Gizmodo, it took 152,455 LEGO bricks to build the 677-pounds, 6.5-foot-long
model. Time from start to finish was an incredible eight weeks by four
people - pretty amazing! "It required the builders to go through the
actual CAD plans of the engine to reproduce every component accurately
with Lego pieces." No doubt critical detail was omitted from the plans.
No cost info could be found, but the cost of the LEGO blocks alone
was probably pretty high. LEGO donates material for some non-profit
projects, but I'm guessing for commercial ventures like this that they
have to buy everything - albeit probably at a good bulk price since
it is good free advertising for LEGO.
below is a time-lapse compilation of the team building the engine. You
can see the computer sitting there with the construction details on
it. These images are captured from the videos.