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, 21 December 2011

Printing on 3D!

Our carving finally got finished at the printer! It came out pretty good for a sample. It  could have used a smoother primer coat, but we were all in a hurry to see if it even had any possibilities.
But it certainly has some applications. A way to combine the ease of printing with some depth!
On the next test we will angle all of the vertical walls around 10 degrees for better ink coverage. Once clearcoated, it will be beyond durable. On this test, we just carved the woodgrain in about 3/32" and left everything else flat. I am designing a new one that will have some carved elements that we will test again. It's just a matter of finding out how far the ink can shoot before it quits having clean edges.


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