I started today at 8 to get a jump on cutting Louie. I had done all the model slicing in Aspire Thursday night, but when I measured the HDU today, it calipered out at 1.940". To bad I sliced all my models at 2". DOH! So I had to re-slice them all again at the right measurement. This is the first sheet of HDU I've gotten that was actually UNDER 2". So the moral of my story is.................................
Not a real big deal though. Aspire makes it very easy to generate cut boundaries for our Techno cnc, so I wasn't set back all that much. Like a kid at Christmas, I waited for the first part to come off the machine. Then I waited for the second part to be done so I could have something to do by gluing them up and filling the seams. Then the parts just kept on coming, and coming. I would do some seaming, generate toolpaths, start the router, glue them together, then repeat! The router quickly outpaced me. A friend stopped by, and upon watching my Techno cnc, commented that IT was the REAL artist, and I was the chump paying the power bill! That old guy might actually be on to something. Between the roughing and finishing passes on the router, each piece took a total of 18-20 min. each. Can't complain about that. Louie did need some clean-up coming off the machine, but as I didn't want to do a cutter changes all the time, I opted for manual labour on cleaning up the tool marks. HDU is pretty easy to work,
After awhile, I got all the head pieces together and filled. It's a little larger than I originally thought, but that makes it cool.
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.