Got nothing to do this weekend? How about a little indoor project? Build a Rolls-Royce jet engine out of Lego maybe?
Well, that’s just what apprentices and graduate engineers at Bright Bricks have done.
Rolls-Royce appointed Bright Bricks to design and build a working one-half scale model of the Trent 1000 turbofan engine—the engine used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner—for display at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show earlier this month.
The model, which was created to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering, was the center of attention at the show.
The replica has 160 different component parts and contains 152,455 Lego bricks in all. It took the Bright Bricks team of four people eight weeks to build. It’s six and a half feet long and weighs 677 pounds. Everything from the large fan blades to the combustion chambers had to be analyzed and replicated using the Lego pieces.
“After many weeks of planning, design and the build itself, the results gave us all a huge sense of achievement and pride that we really had created a Rolls-Royce Lego model,” said Bright Brick director Ed Diment.
The model was inspired by a boy named Fred, who built a Lego jet engine with his father and sent it to the Rolls-Royce site in Derby.