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 February 2015

Parading On!

Were getting close to finishing the framework for the giant heart. We have actually held onto it a little longer than they would have liked. I'm a little concerned that when it leaves, it's gone for good, and there will be very little we can do if something doesn't fit quite right!
This is the mid section of the heart. The big square box is what the train bridge is going to sit down into.
The cnc cut out the framework for the bridge. I also had it pocket in a track for some 1/4" pencil rod. There will be a total of 4 of these. 2 pieces will clamshell together, covering the steel rods inside.
I also got the metal structure for the bridge all welded together. We used 1" squarestock for the top.
And the last steps for the day were to glue up the pvc frame around the metal structure.
Tomorrow I will cut some gusset details, and add the small rivet heads to them.
It was a pretty long day, and I still feel like crap!

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