Sunday saw the final machining of all the HDU on Louie and his plane. This whole model was split in Aspire and cut from 2" material. The hands I modeled at 2" as well, knowing about the material thickness I was ordering. I decided that I didn't want to slice the hands for undercuts, but machine them as 1 piece each. This was a job for Cut 3D. If you aren't familiar with this software, it is made by Vectric, the same company that developed our Aspire software. Cut 3d is an extremely fast toolpathing software that allows up to 4 sides of a model to be machined. Aspire will certainly do this, but I find that Cut 3d makes the process so quick, and I can preview all machined sides in one model.
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.