Our current job didn't get finalized and ready to start until Friday. This meant hitting the shop fairly hard all weekend! We've been contracted to fabricate 3 new LG smartphones. Normally no big deal, except the phones are huge! The small phone is 31" wide, the medium phone is 48" wide, and the large phone is 90" wide. Each one has a different purpose, and will have different levels of detail.
Oh did I mention they're due Wednesday!?!
I was able to secure the 3d digital model that will be used in the various ad campaigns. However, as detailed as the model is, it isn't without flaws. Namely the corner radius's aren't quite the same. Although very tiny the flaws might be, when scaling and using different forms of fabrication, these problems are a giant concern, and compound dramatically. I will be pulling most of the geometry from the 3d model, but I'll be re-drawing it to better suit the build.
Friday was spent figuring out how it was all going to assemble, incorporating the different functions they each need to provide.
They did send me an actual phone, but sadly there was no SIM card in it.:(
The small phone is going to to house 3 or 4 real phones on tethers, and needs to be the most detailed.
The medium phone will house an electronic projector that will let people use electronic spray paint to draw on the "screen". This one has moderate detail.
The large phone is actually going to be a paneled 'media wall'. This is the graphic wall that has all the sponsors written on it that celebrities are usually photographed in front of. This one has the least amount of detail.
I skinned the outside of the frames in 1/8" styrene, which glued up almost seamlessly.
I was able to extract all the profile geometry from the 3d model in Hexagon. All of this info was imported into Corel to tweak. This will insure all the various bits and pieces will all work correctly together.
I placed the profiles back to back, leaving a space between them for holding the material down with some screws.
All of these moldings are being machined from 2 layers of 3/4" pvc. I didn't want to use HDU, and I've got alot of PVC in the the shop. It'll be a little bit of work to cleanup, but it will work!
We headed out early today (Monday) to get the rest of the material. The plastics supplier delivery to our area falls on Tuesday and Thursday, and I needed to get started on the rest of the stuff ASAP. So this meant a trip out there. Not bad, at least traffic was light for some reason.
Looks like the next few days are going to be LONG ones!
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.