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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

An office FULL of MAGIC!

The industrial building complex limits the style and size of the exterior signs for the MultiCam Western Canada technical center but inside there are no such restrictions. There will be absolutely no doubt you have arrived at the right place when you step inside the door! The reception desk will be larger than life... a huge metallic, robotic welcoming machine built largely with a MultiCam router and EnRoute software of course. The walls of the reception/waiting area will feature wainscoting created using EnRoute's new rapid texture software. This allows us to route large panels in just minutes instead of hours. I am excited to see how far we can push this new technology to the max. On the upper walls some imaginative eye candy will show what MultiCam's machines are capable of. The staircase railing behind the reception desk will showcase various techniques and materials as well.
The owner's office will go in a totally different direction. We affectionately call it the 'fossil room'. The heavy duty desk will be made from hundreds of pieces of plasma cut half inch steel welded up to form a giant dinosaur skeleton. We'll test drive EnRoute's freshly minted new plasma cutting software for this task. A thick glass top will allow the sculpture to be seen from all angles. Some imaginative wainscoting will again feature EnRoute's Rapid Texture and some like themed eye candy will grace the walls.
The theme work through the rest of the office complex and showrooms will be a bit lighter for now, but door and window trim, the way finding signs and key pieces of other elements will be custom made on a MultiCam machine. The office will showcase the various machines' capabilities at every turn.
Now at last it is time to take this exciting project from the drawing board to reality. I'll be posting progress here on a regular basis. Stay tuned...