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.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Sometimes it's not all excitement

Today was a bit of a slow go on the buoy and the death contraption. I got asked late yesterday to supply 4 cg models for packaging display units. It was one of those "Sure, that sounds fairly easy" kind of jobs. The modelling was pretty straight forward. However, it took a while to get all the lights and materials set up in the computer, and then even longer for the computer to render the scene. After that, they'll apply all the packaging graphics to our renders. So today was a fairly late start to the other jobs. I did manage to get all the fabrication on the buoy all finished though. And the base coat of red on as well. Our Techno cnc got the pre-mask cut on the sign panel, and I got the text all sprayed. This job is due Friday at noon, so getting the buoy to this stage was paramount, as that leaves tomorrow to do all the rust, fading and beating up of the sign panel.


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