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.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Back from Indiana!

Jody and I's teaching gig in Indiana went really well! We got to meet an amazing group of people, and see a few people from past years. Our awesome hosts, Rob and Deb Jones, did a super job of organizing the weekend, and taking care of all the food!
This was our 3rd year here, and hopefully there will be many more!

Once back home though, we were hard at it! Tuesday was an entire day of painting on the miniature slide job. Non-stop. From 8:30 am, until 12:30 am to be exact.

Our Techno quickly became a paint drying table for the many twists and turns of the slide. Even though I showered when I got home, my arm is still a weird yellowish color, almost like my liver was failing, but only on my right arm!

Production showed up this morning, and picked up all the painted pieces.
When John and I arrived on set, it was around 11:00, and all of our slide parts were laid out safely on moving blankets in the corner of the studio. Thanks guys!
The set up took a lot longer than I thought. This was due to the fact that trying to centre the whole thing on the platform was a little hit and miss. 1 little movement at the start, ended up in a really large movement at the bottom end!

However, it did eventually come together in the end!

Jody and I have to go back to the studio tomorrow, just in case anything happens to it, we'll be there with capes on our back, ready to save the day ;)


  1. Just stumbled on your blog and have to say - this is so cool!

  2. Thanks Dani! I'm glad you're enjoying it!