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

Friday, January 28, 2011

A three dimensional challenge

Our next project is one I've been looking forward to for a while. The sign is for an upscale restaurant in a beautiful new brick building that looks to be a hundred years old. The sign shape and details were inspired by the cast iron windows which were imported from a building salvaged in Paris. Our job will be to build a 3D routing file that will duplicate this look.  We may use the same file to produce the window trims for the inside decor. The knight will duplicate (in miniature) a larger piece inside the restaurant. The bracket will be hand forged in our shop. It too reflects the style of some of the trim we will do inside the restaurant.

The sign is to be routed from 30 lb Precision Board in layers and then assembled. It will be double sided and measure 4' wide x 5' tall x 12" deep.  

It will be midweek before I get a chance to build this file and send the project to the MultiCam. In the meantime take a close look at the concept and think about how you would tackle this project if it came to your shop. Next week I'll show you our way of doing it.