Today I got to run our Techno cnc with the flipped z-axis. It worked beautifully! in fact, it worked so well, I didn't have to re-position the material block I had bolted down yesterday for machining the car body.
Setting up the material/ model in Aspire was tricky at first, but it all made sense pretty quick. I machined the first layer at 2" thick. As this is a test mold to see if everything fits properly (as well as a test for me using a different set-up than I'm used to) I wasn't overly concerned on flawless machining. After the first layer was cut(I only ran the finishing pass in one direction to save a bit of time) I glued up the next 2 layers on top. I lied a bit to the router, as well as Aspire, to get the cutter to over-machine the block by 1/4", this was so the seam between the layers would be handled by the machine, not a piece of sandpaper!
The first pass was cutting while I had dinner at my sisters, but when I got back to the shop, I decided to run a second finishing pass 90 degrees to the first one on the top layer, just to be sure everything was still OK.
All in all it turned out great!
We have a meeting with the Director tomorrow, and I'm sure he'll love the new truck form! I hope to be cutting the building parts tomorrow, as those need to get put together pretty quickly.
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.