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, 17 April 2014


 I was sent a link to the Cadbury commercial we worked a bit on, so I thought I would post the final outcome!
The egg rolling down the railing at :22 was the 3D printed eggs!
I do believe this was shot at the ROM in Toronto!
Thanks again Tim for a great project!

Because they're not real!!

While we were on set last week, another super quick job came through. As there wasn't enough time to get the materials in, I had to turn to a friend of ours for some help
The goal was to create this well known candy for a commercial shoot. There needed to be 2 different sizes.
The first size needed to be a 1 to 1 scale copy. These would become "Stunt-Eggs" Eggs that wouldn't melt, or get squashed, or develop flat spots. In the end we 3d printed these ones. Hollow, light, and durable. These prints got wrapped in the actual foil label from the candy, and were indistinguishable from the real candy.
The second part of the job was this colossus egg! At over 50" tall, with a width of 42". Very big and awkward to handle. Due to the timing of everything that was going on, we had our friend lathe it on his 4 axis hotwire cutter out of foam. Once that was done, it was hardcoated with a 2 part spray urethane.
The art director, and props buyer, both made the trip to the shop, bringing the rather large printed labels for it. They had the labels printed on chrome mylar, and they looked great! One of the benefits to this was that the foil went on all wrinkly, just like the actual candy!
I had Pina, the props buyer, stand next to the egg for scale! It was a bit of a PITA to wrap, but in the end it looked great!
Before long, the production team had gone, and the shop was egg free once again!
A super quick job, but a lot of fun!


  1. Looks great..I'll take a dozen....

  2. Thanks Guys!
    Michael, I have wrapped and shipped your dozen. I assumed you meant the big ones.The truck should be there on Monday........You'll need your wallet :)