I headed out today to grab the drive chain we will be using to spin the prop. I had already picked up the sprockets and hub last week and got them welded together, as well as the 5/8" threaded rod we would use as the shaft. I had to draw up a couple of new pieces in Aspire that we needed to mount everything together for the prop. All in all it went fairly smoothly. By smoothly, I mean that I only had to cnc 1 piece over again. The top system got a coat of brass paint and installed. I know that the drive system would NEVER be made from metal as soft as brass in the real world, but the colour works so well with the wood.
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.