A Very Special 60th Birthday

Tom Fripp of Fripp Design wanted a special present for his Father's 60th Birthday and came up with a unique idea. His dad owns a 1931 Morgan three wheeler sports car and so he decided he's build him a 1:10 scale model, from scratch!
By: Fripp Design
Feb. 13, 2009 - PRLog -- An Unusual Birthday Present

Sheffield based product designer Tom Fripp (principle of Fripp Design Limited) had a problem. His dad’s 60th birthday was rapidly approaching and he was struggling with what to buy for this special occasion; when he came up with an idea.

His dad owns a 1931 Morgan three wheeler Supersport and Tom thought it would be a great idea to build him a full colour 1:10 scaled model. The problem was; there wasn’t any commercially available kits for him make it from. So he decided to build his own model, from scratch, using his Product Design and Rapid Prototyping skills at Fripp Design.

“I started with a blank piece of paper” said Tom, “Well, actually, it was a blank computer screen and pictures my mother sent me from home”. Tom patiently spent his evenings and a weekend faithfully recreating the car’s parts and dimensions using Solidworks. He then applied colour to the model using Magics from Materialise. “With the CAD file I could create some virtual images and animations of the Morgan, but what I really wanted was a model that dad could put on the mantelpiece” Tom continued.

Fortunately the answer was at hand! As part of Fripp Design’s services, they build parts on their ZCorp 510 3D colour printer. The printer can take a 3D CAD file and build a 3 dimensional model from it. “When the model came out of the printer, even I was amazed how lifelike it was; dad’s face was a picture when he got it” concluded Tom.

The Morgan car company is 100 years old this year and the model is going to be exhibited at a number of events to celebrate their centenary.

About Fripp Design Limited

Sheffield based Fripp Design specialise in Product Design, Concept Design, Industrial Design and Rapid Prototyping. The design team are Masters Graduates in their specialist subjects. The company has three Solidworks and one Rhino software license and own a ZCorp 510 3D colour Printer.

The customer base is broad; from blue chip companies to individual inventors and entrepreneurs.

The company’s contact details are:

Fripp Design Limited
The AMP Technology Centre
Brunel Way
S60 5WG


T: 0114 254 1244

Press contact:

Sue Roberts

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Fripp Design are a Product, Concept and Industrial Design Consultancy . Fripp specialise in taking client ideas from a concept through to prototyping. Our designers have Masters Degrees in Industrial Design and Rapid Prototyping.

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