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, 4 February 2013

Alphabet Infinity Soup!

Last week was a pretty awesome week for me! We finished up the marketing models, then I headed off to Thunder Bay to teach Vectric's V-carve Pro software to the high school Tech department. It was a great experience! A special thanks to Brian at Tools Wood for taking care of all the arrangements!

I met a boat load of awesome people, which more than made up for the -26 Celsius that gripped the area.
Today started off with our sweet coffee lady and her thoughtful, fun lids. Nice!
Although we have some pretty neat jobs coming up, it's pretty much all bare bones cnc routering this week. We worked the weekend cutting the camera mounting plates. I don't think we're allowed to post the pictures though.
So with 30 camera mounts needing shipping cartons, and no real rush for the other projects, I decided to use all the computational power of Aspire, and the amazing speed of our Techno cnc to draw box shapes on a piece of cardboard we had. Talk about LAZY!
I loaded a Sharpie into the spindle, and sent the file to the router. A few quick X-acto knife cuts and BAM! Custom shipping boxes. It worked really well! So my boxes fit perfectly and are ready to ship out tomorrow morning.
The rest of this week will all be cutting out shapes and letters. These guys are all 2" Ultraboard, which is just styrofoam with a .015" skin of styrene on each side. Perfect for lightweight interior signage. We actually cut a ton of stuff for the local sign shops.
So our first stack is complete, and they'll probably be about 10 more!
Sometimes, just routering stuff out, no painting, and no assembly suits me just fine!!!

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes, just routering things out there, zero piece of art, and no construction satisfies us okay!!!
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