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.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cabinets and Grade school Volcanoes!

We've been pretty busy since our return from NY. We've been R & D ing some up coming commercial shoot stuff, as well as a couple of other sets. During all this we've been pumping out cabinet parts for some Corona Extra bars. We're not assembling these, were just cutting the stuff on our Techno cnc for the client. They're going to be finishing them with wood facing and corian counter tops. Not overly interesting! The center of the counter does have the Corona logo inlayed and back-lit.
 All of the parts are being cut from 3/4" maple plywood. The inlay fit perfectly! Well add translucent vinyl graphics to the acrylic. We're not even installing the light fixture either.
On another note, we had a small prop build for a shoot on Tuesday. This was a pretty simple job, with a 2 day build and delivery timeline. They needed a volcano that a grade school student would have built for a science project. Bold colors and blood red lava painted on the sides. I didn't get a final image of it, but rest be assured, it looked great for a nine year old! We added a metal container that would hold dry ice, as well as an amber light that would light the mist from the ice as it rolled out the top! Clearly our best work EVER!

The highlight of our week was getting an invite to Westside Studio's annual summer party. These parties are pretty crazy! The last one we went to was a western themed one, and this one is Hawaiian themed. Unfortunately we were working late and were unable to make it. Which is too bad, because everyone we get to work with there are fabulous. Some of their builds are stuff we will remember for ever! Plus, they're even more fun after they've been drinking!!!!

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