Awesome Time Lapse Shows How Rolls-Royce Builds Its Jet Engines

The 152,455-piece Lego Rolls-Royce Trent engine may be the most complex Lego machine ever built, but it's nothing compared to the real thing. This awe-inspiring time lapse video shows how they build the turbo-fan engine that powers some of the most popular airliners in the world, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The Trent powers the Airbus A330, A340, A350 and A380, plus the Boeing 777 and 787. The Dreamliner is the only commercial airplane that can actually use both the General Electric GEnx and the RR Trent 1000. The latter is a 12,710 pound (5.7 metric ton) machine that is 9.35 feet in diameter. This variant is capable of creating 75,000 pounds of force (330kN).

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Quote: "The Dreamliner is the only commercial airplane that can actually use both the General Electric GEnx and the RR Trent 1000."

Bit misleading. Many airliners are available with multiple engine options. The 777, for example, is available with Rolls Royce Trent 800s, Pratt and Whitney PW4000s, or General Electric GE90s. You're kind of suggesting that the 787 is the only airliner with 2 options for the engines, when, actually, most have options. Some very major types (such as the 737) don't have any options for their suppliers, but the 707, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787 all do (or did, in the case of the 747, the latest -8 version is GE only, or for the 707 and 757 as they're long out of production) and the A300, A310, A320 family, A330 and A380 all do.