Maximilian Doelle, an MSc Economics & Strategy for Business alumnus, together with William Trewinnard, who studied MEng Mechanical Engineering, came up with the idea to recreate the Queen’s Tower in miniature 3D form.
The monument was built as part of the Imperial Institute to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, and today it retains its presence as Imperial College London’s major landmark.
It all started when the pair decided to use the model as trophies for each team at the Imperial College Google Glass & Wearables Hackathon event in March 2014. Initially, they had allocated one trophy per team, but due to high demand, Maximilian and William created enough trophies for each team member at the Hackathon. As a result of the model’s popularity, the idea to produce more was born.
Not only does the Queen’s Tower project showcase Imperial students’ entrepreneurial outlook, but it highlights the possibilities that can arise when students collaborate. Despite studying at different departments, Maximilian and William formed a friendship based on a common passion, and together took the project from concept, to design and manufacturing stages.
For Maximilian, being at Imperial equipped him with invaluable opportunities: “The concentration of such a diverse set of highly skilled people creates a unique atmosphere where you feel you can achieve anything you want. It was the key to our success.”
“If you have a problem, you just need to pop next door to find someone who can help. Working across many departments was definitely challenging, but without it, we would have not succeeded with the project.”
The 3D model of the Queen’s Tower is now available to buy at the Imperial College Union Shop. Imperial College President Alice Gast championed the project and lined up to be the first customer at the Student Union Shop on its first day of sale. She tweeted:
The models are manufactured using 3D printers at Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH), a workspace which was introduced to enable students to turn their ideas into physical prototypes. The Hackspace promotes interdepartmental collaboration through production and technical development.
Larissa Kunstel-Tabet, Director of ICAH, reveals the rewards involved in supporting students with their ideas: “We have enjoyed working with Maximilian and William on this project. William’s technical know-how and Maximilian’s enthusiasm have made this a success. We are happy to facilitate the manufacture of their idea as ICAH is passionate about inter-disciplinary collaboration; it is great to see how the input from project members has made this such a success.”
All proceeds from the sale of the models are reinvested back into the ICAH network for the benefit of both Imperial staff and students.