When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Getting there

Today I dedicated to finishing up all the mechanics in the top of the machine. There was a few specific things that need to happen with this machine, and one in particular had left me kind of stumped. The request was simple, but figuring out a practical way that tied into the machine didn't come easy at first. But I solved it today. It kind of came out of nowhere. So I drew what I needed in Aspire, sent it to our Techno cnc and had the final pieces for the puzzle. The image on the left is the vector file I created, and the one on the right is what the simulation of the final cut pieces will look like.

So between making the last elements, cutting all the shafts to length, making all the bushings and spacers, as well as the locking collars for the gears, the whole day was gone. If you had come in in the morning, then again at 5, it really would have looked like nothing was done. However, a lot really did get done!
Tomorrow I get to finish the harrow/winch situation and add a new pulley idea I had for it.
If the weather's nice out, Jody will start the weathering on the pylons. It can be a little messy, so outside with her it is.

Soon.......soon we will be painting rust!


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