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The world's first jet engine made entirely of Lego was unveiled at the
opening of the Farnborough International Airshow on July 9 by engine-maker
Considered as one of the most complex Lego structures ever built, the
half-size replica of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 is a copy of the engines that
power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The structure, which shows the inner workings of a jet engine, took a team
of four people about eight weeks to complete.
It is made out of 152,455 Lego bricks, weighs 307kg and is over 2m long and
1.5m wide.In order to replicate a real jet engine, over 160 separate engine
components were built and joined together.
Everything from the large fan blades which suck air into the engine down to
the combustion chambers where fuel burned, had to be analysed and replicated
use the world famous building blocks.
A team of graduates and apprentices from Rolls-Royce used their knowledge of
the Trent 1000 engine to work with the company Bright Bricks, experts in Lego,
to produce the immensely complex structure.
The engine is on display in the Innovation Zone at Farnborough International
Airshow, an area designed to engage young people in science, technology,
engineering and maths.
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