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

Sunday, July 25, 2010

COOL! - and warm.

The new Rapid Texture looks fabulous right off the MultiCam. With a final meeting scheduled for tomorrow I needed to paint up a sample to satisfy the owner and interior designer. Although I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, the trick would be to translate those ideas into reality. I buzzed down to the local builder's store to grab some samples of melamine. Paint would be much easier to match to it than the other way around.
The idea was to play the warm colors of the room against the cool one and yet still stay within the theme. I painted the blue base color first. I'd use the same color on the top portion of the wall and in the wainscot. I first used a blue jean color of glaze, then once dry added a custom mix of dark brown, cherry red metallic, dark blue and a little black. I brushed, wiped and sponged to get the finish I liked. The base board and trim are MDF. The logo piece and rivets are routed from 30 lb Precision Board. They are all painted with a rusting metallic paint. Together it's going to look pretty cool!