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.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

LG continues

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was a little late starting today. The joys of being "Da Man" I guess. The plan for today was to get the giant columns skinned in flexi-ply. This will be the structure for the matt white laminate we will be contact cementing onto them. Before we could start the skinning, the frame halves all had to be drilled out and bolted together into a finished oval. We had to add bracing to the frames to keep them as square as possible while we wrapped them. Once they get wrapped, they are really quite stiff.

It was a little awkward to get the material wrapped onto the frames. The radius at the ends of the frame gets pretty tight, causing some foul language to happen at times!
It's a little bit funny how every detail from last years build starts to come back to you. The good, the bad and the ugly!

By the end of the day we had all the sections glued up. Phew! We are going to start the laminate on Monday, as we have a pre-pro meeting for a TV show tomorrow. It promises to be pretty cool, so I am totally jazzed to meet with them!

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