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.

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Kingdom of Techno cnc Routers!

 Last weekend Jody and I had a visit from Sandy Baird from Windwalker sign studio. Sandy was a fellow we met in Indiana at the sign camp we taught at. I can't believe I have to go to Indiana to make friends in Ontario! His work is first rate. Sandy came to the house and stayed, and it was brilliant! We all gelled really well. We talked about signs, business, future plans, etc. I wish he lived closer so we could hang out a bit more. After he headed home, we finished up some loose ends, and headed down to New York. The trip was awesome. The purpose was to visit the Techno cnc facilities where our cnc was made. It was great to meet everyone I had only previously spoken to on the phone. Mike in the tech support dept. Roy Valentine, sales manager extraordinaire, and George Klien, the president of Techno cnc. Of course in my mind, George is the king, ruler over the amazing "Kingdom of Techno" :)

 I had stalked Techno cnc routers on Google Maps for some time now, so when the building first appeared in the distance, I was pretty excited! The facilities were quite impressive to say the least.
 The first stop in the tour was the showroom. This was great. It's probably the first time I've seen a Techno without a layer of MDF and HDU dust all over it!
 Their new line of HD and HDS series routers was equally impressive, These are some pretty robust machines. And the feature list is quite extensive as well. The HDS series features pretty powerful AC servo motors and drives
Their cnc lathes are pretty awesome as well. I wanted one of EVERYTHING I saw there!
I was secretly admiring their "Patriot" line of machines. These ones come in their own protective enclosure, making them perfect for small shops and schools. I kinda wish our 5X12 machine had it's own enclosure for dust control.
 These are the newest candidates,  getting ready to be packaged up with all their accessories.
I'm sorry, but what could be cooler to a cnc nut like me than shelves full of gantry's and servo motors? Nothin, that's what's cooler, Nothin!
Here's all the machines getting ready to leave the nest, like a nursery of awesomeness, they will be delivered to many, many, happy customers. I was saddened that my Chevy Cruze rental car wouldn't hold one of these, otherwise I might have employed the old "You distract them Jody, and I'll put the big one in the trunk" routine!

 It was an amazing day for me, to say the least. George Klein, President (back left) and Roy Valentine, sales manager(back right) were amazing hosts, who made Jody and I feel VERY welcome. Our visit lasted all day, but I wished it was longer.
However, New York City rushour was something I could've easily lived without, but the buzz of our visit even made that easy to handle.

I want to thank everyone at Techno cnc for letting us come by and visit. The people, and the machinery, make us proud to use their routers


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