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This huge display model for Global Marine Systems is a fully-articulate, full-sized representation of a subsea cable protection and articulation system. The metal-plated ring sections were swiftly carved out on our CNC machine and fitted with the necessary inserts and mechanisms to allow the sections to bend and flex as they would in reality.

The display model is designed to disassemble into several flight cases for easy transportation. Consequently, for a model of this size, weight was a key issue; in reality each ring would be solid metal and weigh anywhere up to ten kilo. We used a lightweight composite material for the rings on the display model that was strong enough to support the tubing and pipework connected to them (and withstand the rigors of assembly, disassembly and public interaction), and light enough to be easily transported.