Aside from my refusal to adopt a consistent naming format for my blog posts, one week it’s Grazer – Ambiguous Title, the other it’s Sorry Excuse — Lukas, my work is beginning to pick up again in a good direction.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve last written something here. That’s not to say that I have been writing somewhere else, but instead that I have not focused that much time on this project since leaving for Westtown’s fall break. The Grazer has been a bit neglected. However, this weekend I was in the lab milling with the CNC machine for the first in about a month, and it’s clear that it’s a skill that needs to be maintained with practice and routine, just like playing a sport or an instrument. I was still able to play, but it took longer and I was less coordinated. I remember about a month ago I was very well practiced with the machine, I moved fluidly, and was steadfast in my decisions for what to do next (i.e. which tool to use, which program to run, when to face a piece to a specified height, remembering all the strange idiosyncrasies the CNC mill has, etc.). Where it used to take 20 minutes to mil a piece, this week took three hours! Admittedly that time wasn’t spent entirely with the CNC, a good chunk of it was getting Autodesk Fusion 360 to run on my awfully slow computer, but it took a while to get something made:
So one part done. Not bad for not having returned to this project for a while. The time for each part will quickly plummet as I get more into the swing of things.
In other news, I got a new phone (iPhone 6s) with a big ‘ol camera. Aaaaaaaaand slow motion!