As mentioned previously sometimes compromises need to be made in the implementation of a concept. With the deadline looming closer and considering the complexity of the shape of the body I opted to have the body 3D printed.
In saying that it was a compromise; 3d printing of objects can now give a high level of durability and finish; and considering the whole object had already been designed and verified in 3d it made sense to utilise this technology. After the production of the smaller model earlier I had sanded it down and gave it a light coat of primer to see how the plastic took the finish.
I had to re-draw the object in solidworks to be compatible with the 3d printer properly – but once you have the calculations done its very easy to re-draw. The drawings were emailed to our resident 3d printing tech and it was ready within a few days.