Substation Cutaway

Physical model to demonstrate output efficiencies in electricity substations

Client: Cube3
Services: Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering, Model Making
Project: Substation Cutaway

Project Brief

Sonobex, a Loughborough University spin out and specialist in noise reduction technology, had challenged design agency Cube3 to come up with a new substation design that would enable efficient attenuation of low frequency noise output.

Although developments in Computer Aided Design allows us to explore a 3-dimensional world on screen through photographic quality renderings, sometimes there’s nothing that compares to a physical model.

After 3D modelling a substation and generating a design concept for the outer wall, the enclosure was then cut away to reveal the 3D construction within. To bring the design concept to life, Cube3 asked Paragon to produce the scale model of the structure.

“Once again Paragon delivered a quality display model on time and at a good price. This was a time pressure job, as the display model was being used as part of an exhibition display for our client. Well done on completing this in the short timescales requested!”

Results

We 3D printed the substation components using a combination of stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) additive manufacturing processes. These were then assembled, hand finished and lacquered by our experienced, time-served model making team.

The relatively simplistic visual, destined for Sonobex’ exhibition displays received great accolade from Cube3.

Client: Cube3
Services: Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering, Model Making
Project: Substation Cutaway