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

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sign Magic Workshop - Starring EnRoute!

Six folks travelled from far and wide to attend our eighth Sign Magic Workshop. The ball got rolling fast late Thursday afternoon when they gathered for an informal meet and greet. We went for supper at a local diner and talk quickly turned to routers, dimensional signs and how to make them. This crew was eager to learn all they could. After supper we walked back to the shop and the learning commenced - before the workshop officially began Friday morning. We didn't break up until 11:00 pm that first day. And so it would go all weekend long.

The days were long and the learning intense... we had a lot of ground to cover in three short days. We talked of design, how to build three dimensional routing files using EnRoute and of course we fired up the MultiCam to show how our creations would look in real life. Our MultiCam router got a good workout. After our lessons were complete each student created a dimensional sample for the first time and every one looked great. These folks obviously were paying attention!
We also spent long hours each evening learning how to finish the many samples. The skill level of this group was high. They demonstrated a passion to learn and took things as far as they possibly could. We laughed, we talked, we learned and shared 'secrets' of how to do the things we do until the time was up. Some great projects were completed through the weekend.

I look forward to seeing some cool projects from these folks in the future!