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, 9 June 2011

popcorn and an air cannon make a wave!

Well I finally got the finals for the VISA PAYWAVE campaign we worked on. This job was done a while back, but due to infamous NDA, I was unable to post. This was a pretty neat job for photographer SHANGHOON.

Basically we were to replicate what popcorn may look like if you could pay for it and leave the kiosk with it lightning fast! This sounds like a job for our air cannon. Our small air cannon is made from ABS plastic pipe with a rather large release valve, allowing the stored air to vacate the chamber all at once. This results in some serious action from a relatively small amount of air. On the hockey puck shoot we did a while back, this same cannon launched a hockey puck around 100 feet on 30 psi! We fabricated a special holder, and loaded it with popcorn for this crazy shoot. After a loud pop, coupled with  Shanghoons laser trigger, the results ranged from "whatever" to "wow". It was a great shoot day, and Shanghoon's a great guy to get to work with!

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