1,8Metre Model of type 45 Destroyer Traditional Model Making and 3D Printing in Harmony 3D Printed Helicopter and Hull Mid-Ship with plenty of Hand-Made Detail 3D Printed Hull Curvature alongside Hand-Made detail Hand-Made Detail Contra-Rotating Metal Encapsulated Propellors 3D Printed Helicopter Finished in a Satin Texture The Hull was 3D Printed in 4 Sections and Bonded Back Together with Pins Cradles for the Hull were also 3D Printed Gun Barrels Turned in Brass Paint Spraying in our In-House Spray Shop In-Situ at DSEI 2015 Get a Quote Now

Type 45 Destroyer Model

A blend of old and new technologies …

Commissioned as a centrepiece for the DSEI 2015 show to illustrate Malcolm Nicholls Limited (MNL)’s in-house capabilities. The data for the model was captured from a 1:350 scale model. The hull and helicopter were laser scanned ( this can be termed as reverse engineering) and the subsequent data scaled up and 3D-printed via Stereolithography (SLA) The rest of the model was manufactured via traditional modelling methods.

Images were captured from various types of media such as 2D drawings and photographs. Producing a model to this depth of detail without 3D data can be very time consuming, ideally 3D files would have aided the turnaround on this particular project. Once the model was completed and assembled it certainly had the WOW factor. Even after the trade show had finished MNL were invited to bring the model to the engineers who originally built the full size ship. They were blown away by what had been achieved without 3D intervention.

  • 1750mm long 1:87.5 scale model.
  • Faithful reproduction.
  • Intricate detail maintaining accuracy.

This magnificent model is a true testament to the capabilities of Malcolm Nicholls Limited.

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