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, 21 August 2015

Cartoon Retail Shopping, in Miniature!!

I always say that I love miniatures! Cartoon-ish miniatures are even way more coolio!
During the Emily Trudeau sign build, we got in a tv commercial build, and paused work on the sign.
One fun job, right into another is OK by me!
This job was to create 4 small environments for a toy product.
These were a bakery interior, a candy store interior, a theatre, and an outdoor space!
As with most tv builds.............4 days.
As with all 2d stuff, I drew up all the pieces for each mini set in Corel, including the prints for the wall panels and flooring. The candy store was the first one to get drawn!
Everything for all 3 stores was cut from .060 and .125" sheet styrene. There was only 2 items that actually got 3d machined for this. The rest was all 2d, assembled into 3d shapes. We didn't 3d print anything either.
All of the counters, for the 3 stores were cut from 2" HDU. Super fast way to mass a curvy shapes!
Once the shapes were cut, I wrapped them all in .020 styrene, leaving them short at the bottom, to resemble some sort of toe kick that a real cabinet would have. Wrapping these in styrene gave me a super smooth surface for painting, with zero sanding, except for the corner joints! My kinda cabinet building!
Once the counters were all cut and assembled, I moved on to the cabinet type structures. Above is the ticket kiosk for the little movie theater.
The rest of the cabinets and shelving were quickly assembled from the parts off the Techno.
This is another one of those times that a little extra work in the computer, makes for a super fast assembly in the real world!

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