Makers was commissioned to develop and produce a
highly detailed and highly functional scale
model of the telescopic antenna mast system.
The system is
mounted on heavy duty trailer specifically
redesigned for this purpose. Along with the mast
there are multiple complex elements which also
mounted on the trailer, including generator,
power system, battery box, cable spools, rope
boxes and other elements.
Our goal was not
only to represent all components with utmost
accuracy, but also to make a number of
components articulating in order to demonstrate
the system's main features.
All four support
jacks were made removable, expandable and able
to be mounted in number of transport positions
and, naturally, in working position.
Both rope boxes
are opening revealing their interior.
The battery box
has fully removable lid with magnetic easy to
use locks. Upon removal of the lid the interior
of the battery box with batteries, cables and
other elements can be seen.
The tool and
miscellaneous compartment at the rear of the
mast post is also opening, revealing its
interior with custom shelving designed to hold
tools and stakes necessary for securing a mast
and ropes in deployed position. Scaled down
replicas of these tools and accessories are
accompanying the model and can be stocked in the
All three clamps
holding the mast are opening exactly as the real
ones allowing to remove and adjust the mast.
The mast mount's
platform is tilting demonstrating a mast
deployment identical to the real life action.
While tilting, two hydraulic cylinders attached
to the platform and serving as shockers are
simulating a movement which these elements do in
high level of functionality not only was a
challenge which made the project very exciting,
but also made the model extremely self
explanatory. Therefore the model can demonstrate
all the main features of the real system without
necessity to spend fortune on transporting the
actual system to a trade show or presentation.
As usual a
3D digital model
was created prior to actual fabrication. The digital model was
used to create photorealistic
accurate drawings and to produce a majority of
the parts by
rapid prototyping techniques. Also all functions
and articulations were simulated and tested
Upon approval of
the 3D digital model we produced the replica
using traditional fabrication combined with SLA
and FDM rapid prototyping techniques. Modern
technology allowed us also to produce the most
vulnerable parts directly in steel alloy.
The model was
completed in record time of 3.5 weeks, which
would not be possible without a massive use of
rapid prototyping techniques.
The model was
accompanied by custom designed and built wheeled