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, October 12, 2010

Almost done!

As we finalize preparations for the upcoming Sign Magic Workshop here at our studio the MultiCam project has been put on hold temporarily. But I did manage to sneak in one last visit to do a little work. The ceiling is now finished at last. The sub sign is hung on the wall and looks like it belongs. With the strong lighting in the center of the room and more subdued lighting around the edges, the LED lights on the submarine really stand out fine. The blue LED lighting we do around the edges of the valence under the large pipes will set things off nicely.

We painted the MultiCam logo in a similar metallic blue as the walls, just to tie everything together. The copper trim over the submarine matches the copper fish reliefs on the walls. the TV surround, the 'door' white board and the double, riveted doors to the room. 

I used EnRoute to create the files and then put the MultiCam to use once more cutting the ornate brackets for the pipes with come down behind the TV. The brackets and rivets were cut from 40 lb Precision Board. One pipe will actually carry the low voltage wires for the LED's which light up the gages around the TV. The rest are purely for decoration. Next time we return to the work site we'll age everything up appropriately with a little paint glazing.

The curved and riveted ceiling look fantastic, well worth the many hours of work it took to accomplish. The cork floor (still very dusty in the photographs here blends into the whole scheme of things marvelously.

We've yet to route, paint and install a base board shoe to cover the edges of the floating cork floor. The laser cut and engraved plexiglass insert for the table is on the way from Texas, done on  MultiCam CNC laser machine. One last finishing touch will be a spectacular but subtle addition. My friend, Shawn, Cherewick of Protowerx  ( www.protowerx.com ) is creating a LED light show for under the boardroom table that will create a shimmering light effect on the plexiglass and also onto the barnacled and rusted pipes below. It will hopefully be the finishing touch to a room like none other out there.

In the meantime we host a workshop in two days... and are looking forward to three days of sharing and learning.