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, 13 June 2012

After awhile, these all look the same!

Still working on the engraving on the brewery stuff. I did have time between each file run to work a little on our seagull sign. I spent most of the day sanding the styrospray coating that was on the water portion. Not an easy task, as each file only takes about 4 min. Sand-stop and change the part on the Techno cnc-load a new one-start the file-sand for 4 min-stop. That was my day today. I did stay a bit longer to get the primer on the rock portions, and get the first coat of blue on the water.
Not a great photo, but you can see where I'm at. I probably wont do any glazing to the water portion, as I want it very Disney-esque. By that, I mean I really like the smooth clean look they have on a lot of their characters. The rocks will get our usual treatment, which should look killer against the super smooth-texture free water portion.

We soon have to start a small production run of custom cruiser bar tables for a large Canadian brewery event, so I guess our sign will sit for a bit longer.  The next couple of weeks are clogging up our Techno cnc so this should be interesting....................

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