It is hard to believe that it was only seven years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Through extensive research I quickly found out that with the relative simplicity of EnRoute, CNC routers were capable of just about anything imaginable. This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as we continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful software... -dan

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A little at a time...

The last week has gone by in a blur as we struggled to meet our commitments and also prepared for a local trade show. Even so I did find time to squeeze in some time on the Vedder Mountain Grille sign. Once the clamps came off it was time to do the hand work. Grinding off the glue lines was the first order of business. While I was at it I added a mild texture to the edges with my die grinder. It went pretty quick - even for a sign of this size. Then I tackled the dimensional pictorial. THe background mountain was simple vertical strokes with the whirling tool. Precision Board disappears in a hurry with the right tool.
Then it was time for a little sculpting using an epoxy medium. I used this to create the foreground trees on the lower mountain and the rows of plants in the field. Those didn't take long. At this stage the pictorial is pretty bland but it will come alive as the paint goes on.
Stay tuned...