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, September 14, 2010

Finished wall candy

The six STL files I purchased and downloaded from the internet turned out pretty fine. They routed without any difficulty and combined with a textured background panel and four rivets (created in EnRoute they will fit right into the MutliCam board room. We primed them with Coastal Enterprises water based primer, purposefully leaving a bit of a stipple texture with a brush in the thick paint. Then we put on three coats of the metallic copper (also by brush) and topped it off with a dark brown glaze. We may yet add a little green patina but will make that decision after everything else is done and in place.

The plaques vary in size a little but are approximately 18" x 20". They all were routed from 30 lb Precision Board that was 2" thick. Under the indirect lighting they should look spectacular!

We used the same copper color and glazes on the frame of the submarine piece that will be featured on the center wall. It is coming along nicely and will be done later this week. Stay tuned...