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, 2 August 2011

Dive sign gets a turn

I excitedly got to the shop today to get the start of the Dive Sign going. I had already created all the vectors and the 3d helmet a couple of weeks back. Now that the router was free, I was going to get it cut today. I hadn't toolpathed the relief, which I thought that I had, so that kind of slowed me down at the start. But before long, I had the signfoam screwed down, and our Technocnc fired up. While that was running away, I was able to toolpath the rest of the parts that needed cutting. A couple of hours later, the parts were all machined and I started getting the primer on. This has been quite fun, from the design concept, right to the machining. I look forward to seeing it finished. Soon Jamie, soon.