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.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Well we got the coating on the concrete pylons today! Woo-Hoo! While we were doing that, our Techno was busy quickly cutting out more gears and brackets for inside the top of the machine.

As the gears get put on the machine, I find new spots that could benefit from more gears, which means more brackets to hold them. As all the gears are just for show, and really only turn each other, I have some degree of flexibility. Except for the fact that I want to drive them with as little motors as possible, preferably just one.

 Although WE were hard at it, some of us just didn't seem to have the same sense of urgency I did. I thought if I tied a broom to him, he would feel like a part of the team, but I was mistaken. Tomorrow we can move onto painting the bases and pull together some of the other elements. As soon as our Techno is free, I can get the foam on it for the Mythraic stone sculpture. That would be nice.


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