A wave of excitement has surrounded the National Maritime Museum’s new JMW Turner exhibition, created with the help of SolidWorks designer Pipsqueak Developments.
The Turner and the Sea exhibition is the first to chart the development of the artist's fascination with the ocean and will be displayed in the new Sammy Ofer Wing from 22nd November – 22nd April.
The Harrow-based design engineers, led by Nick Ford, were tasked by The Hub Limited to work alongside the museum’s in-house team to design the entire display space for the exhibition – including picture-mounting modules, fabric panels and protective barriers - all of which were created using SolidWorks.
“Our biggest challenge was adapting the design to an evolving brief in a tight time frame.” Nick said,
“With major exhibitions such as this, certain dimensions are often only confirmed in the final weeks before opening. By using SolidWorks we were able to keep the whole scheme fluid well beyond the usual cut-off point for manufacture.”
Using the museum team’s concept designs, Nick and his staff were able to bring their ideas to life and share them with the museum's team. As a result, potential flaws could be spotted early on in the design process, and adjustments made seamlessly.
“SolidWorks works in a visually rich way that engages design professionals. It was not only useful for creating the project but also for the Maritime Museum to view the displays and visualise any issues that might have otherwise only come to light once the exhibition was installed.
“The creative team really appreciated our ability to make alterations in real time so everyone involved could see the impact of any proposed changes.
“PipSqueak’s business is to make the people we are working for look good – and SolidWorks is indispensable in helping us do just that!”
To see more of PipSqueak’s innovative projects, visit www.pipdev.co.uk.