Did 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 Bright
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.
video below is a time-lapse
compilation of the team building the engine. You can see the computer sitting there with the construction
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