EDI­TO­RIAL

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - EDITORIAL | CONTENTS - JANE WAR­WICK

I KNOW WE’VE been down the Lego track be­fore in re­gards to the lit­tle bricks be­ing a cat­a­lyst for ca­reers in engi­neer­ing, but I came across an ar­ti­cle in the magazine of the Smith­so­nian that con­firms Lego is constructing the next gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers. An­other gen­er­a­tion is prob­a­bly what it should have said be­cause the lit­tle Dan­ish bricks have been around for more than 80 years and have prob­a­bly spawned more than a few engi­neers in their time. But it is nice to know that Lego is still around ( ex­cept when you stand on it) and that it ’s an en­dur­ing pas­time for fans long af­ter child­hood. At the Hamil­ton brick show late last month Dave Critcher showed off his more than 300,000 Lego piece model of the Whaka­maru Dam. To get it right he had the help of the orig­i­nal blue­prints and the dam’s engi­neers and is three years into the five-year project, by which time he es­ti­mates he will have used half a mil­lion Lego pieces for his 2.5 square me­tre cre­ation. Sig­nif­i­cant build­ings all around the world have been recre­ated in Lego in­clud­ing the White House and the Syd­ney Opera House. The Mona Lisa and Girl with a Pearl Ear­ring paint­ings have been recre­ated in Lego, the world’s largest Lego bridge is 37m long, the long­est Lego train track 1500m and tallest Lego tower nearly 33m. Ap­par­ently it would take 40 bil­lion eight- stud Lego bricks to build a stack to the moon. Bet­ter start col­lect­ing….

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