My name is Oli Cooper, and welcome to oCTheatrical, Here is a little of my story.
Since an early age I have always had an interested in design, technology and theatre - this combination lead to my training at the Central School of Speech & Drama [07-10] with a specialism of Technical and Production Management.
Since Graduation I have worked in a variety of roles throughout the Theatre & Events industry focusing on areas including Carpentry, Rigging, Automation.
in more recents years  I began to focus on draughting as in my previous roles i became Frustrated with the lack of clear Information been Provide to teams at the installation of projects. It was here that I started my Journey, by becoming a Project Draughtsman at the National Theatre. At the NT I Primarily worked with Autodesk AutoCAD, and during This I Developed my 2D & 3D CAD skills, including design & Construction Drawing styles. after 5 Years at the NT I decided to continue Developing my skills by focusing on Construction at Illusion Design and Construct, & it was here that I saw the major challenges faced by Commercial Operations compared with Arts Funded Theatres.
It has been The challenges and Experiences of the last 6 years which have now led me to the founding of OCTheatrical, which i See as a Draughting & 3D Printing service, specialising but not Restricted to the Theatre & Events Industry. I hope to act as the bridge between Creative and Comical Aspirations of projects , allowing Both sides to Effectively deliver Projects
with over 5 years Experience in AutoCAD draughting, and over a decade in the Theatre & events industry, OCTheatrical can assist you from the early concept stages of your project right through to final drawings and installation.
We have a range of Experience, from Studio to Large scale Venues, including Site Specific works. These have included; All Venues of the National Theatre, Secret Cinema, NTS Southampton, and Fields!
as part of our process we are constantly looking to improve, & a Key part of this we feel is sharing knowledge, and part of this is training. for the past several years, we have been running training courses at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which have been individually catered to the particular course specialism, and the Assesment units. We have trained both Designers & Construction Students, and as these skills are transferable, they are not limited to the theatre industry.
Please get in touch if your interested in training, be it 1-on-1 or group sessions.
Additionally As part of the training, or even Independently we can consult on your CAD Standards & IT set-up to ensure your getting the best possible results from your work.
In recent years OCTheatrical has had the opportunity to work with MakerBOT & Ultimaker PLA Printers as well as formlabs Form 2 machines.
during our time we have learnt the Pros and Cons to these forms of manufacturing, leading to One of the original Ideas for OCTheatrical of Facilitating a teams ability to engage, and Interact with physically accurate parts of sets, props or mechanism before final Manufacture. This step allows all members of a team to feedback issues that can be updated through the course of the project, making final delivery more effective, and efficient.
The biggest thing to remember is that 3D Printing isn’t limited to a scale of a model, thanks to a variety of methods & Materials we can also produce Fully functional prototypes for bespoke fittings, so that they can be checked and tested without significant cost and loss of time.