Taking a basic sketch provided by a client, then designing, engineering, fabricating and installing the specialty project takes years of proven experience in a range of markets. With the late February 2020 opening of the National Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C., children up to age 12 can now experience interactive exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or STEAM, including the marquee Dream Machine three-story climber and slide.
Entech Innovative Engineering partnered with Universal Services Associates to engineer, build and install the Dream Machine from the ground floor up three stories, where children can let off steam by imagining they are an airplane pilot in one of many lighted Easy Pods up in the clouds or sliding down the 45-foot slide like an astronaut landing from space.
The Dream Machine is composed of the main Climbing Structure, the large slide for older children and adults, the Little Cloud Slide for smaller climbers, two Easy Pod enclosed structures, a See Saw and different themed areas including 14 suspended marine buoys, several hanging Weather Balloons with Mirror Balls and Cloud Clusters formed from several white Acrylic spheres. Some of the more innovative processes used to construct Dream Machine included 3D modelling software combined with five-axis milling machines used to build a virtual model, then aid in fabrication. Drawings of the parts were then delivered to our fabricators and vendors to build with exact details.