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.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Boy miniatures take a long time

Well it feels like it any way. It's 9:30 pm and we're still in the middle of it all. I've been drawing and toolpathing as fast as I can. Jody has been dedicated to painting the final finish on a lot of the pieces. Mike and Joe are also in working steadfastly!

 I find that things usually flow pretty smoothly in the final hours, although this is a hindsight evaluation! Joe got all 16 background mountains cut out of 1/4" MDF.

We stapled a 1X4 to all the backs of them so they could be placed in grip stands on the day, allowing for final height adjustments. Right now our parking lot is littered with 1/4" thick mountain ranges. We applied 3 layers of different glazes to that flats and are waiting on them to dry. You know, outside, in the dark. Good thing the glaze dries quickly.

 One of the most difficult jobs as 'The Boss' is making sure you've got stuff to do for everyone when they finish their current tasks. Not that there isn't TONS left to do, just that you've taken the time to work on your stuff and think about what each person can do next, based on their current skill set. I hope we aren't up ALL night tonight, as the studio is 2 hours away and our call time is 7 am, which means we have to get to the shop at 4:30, load up and leave by 5am. Thankfully I love what I do, because I don't think I could work this hard at a job that stinks!


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