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.

Friday, 10 October 2014

My Friends Nut!

The last step in the modelling process was to use a basic cylinder, and subtract it from the base peanut mesh. This cavity will get the half-round shelves glued in for displaying the product. Finally, I scaled it up to the 6 foot height requirement.
I exported the model out to STL Slicer to begin the final cuts for Larry's cnc.

The very top and bottom got sliced off. Larry wanted to cut this as 3 pieces. The mid section above would be a combination of rotary CNC and hotwire,

 while the top and bottom would get single sided machined with a 1 inch ballnose cutter.
Here's Larry's cnc chewing out the giant peanut! Keep in mind, that's a 1 inch ballnose cutter in the collet. Pretty big peanut!

I think it came out great! Good job Larry! I might have to hire that guy.........maybe! :)
I think he was going to send some pictures when his client had finished the painting. If he does, I'll update the post!

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