I had a bunch of letters to cut on our Techno cnc yesterday, so I didn't get around to getting the materials for the flying machine until today. I didn't grab all the materials, as this job will get a little complicated, and I haven't gotten my head around all the components yet! The main structure, and the wing geometry is all figured out, so I started cutting into the material for that at around noon. I managed to get the moving parts of the 'Davinci' styled wings cut. These will be 4 curved 'fingers' that will have some sort of lightweight fabric attached between them, kinda like a bats wing. These will be retracted back to the body of the plane, and upon pulling a cable, will open up and stretch the fabric. The nice thing about this prop is that it needs to look like it was hand built by an inventor with more book knowledge than practical knowledge. So we will have exposed tension cables, some pulleys, etc.
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.