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.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Louie and his plane

Today was pretty cool. We got all the fabricating on the showroom components done. Tomorrow I can start the priming and painting on those. Then they're ready for delivery. I still have to finish drawing all the vectors for the cool table we have to start ASAP. I really like the challenge of drawing all the parts in 2D vectors while trying to stay 3 steps ahead in-case I box myself into a corner. A corner that usually rears it's ugly head AFTER the parts are cut! I also received the proper file for Louie, so I will spend the weekend getting those prepped for machining at the beginning of the week. I think our HDU deliveries are Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I better get my order in soon!
I was able to split the head off the plane this evening. Now the nice thing about getting a CAD file from the manufacturer of a toy, is that generally all the parting lines are set up in such a way as to avoid undercuts. So I could easily use this model 'as is' and import it right into Aspire and go to town. However, we are modifying it a little, like removing the connector on the wing, and the hands from the plane. Plus we want to be somewhere between the box art and the toy. Stay Tuned.................


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