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, February 22, 2011


My daughter Rebecca who helps paint our name panels for our Sign Magic Workshops is always delighted when ladies take our workshops. It gives her a chance to do 'some girlie' flavored panels. I try and oblige with the designs. The panel had to feature a flowing script of course, a letter style from Letterhead Fonts. The bottom border was created as a flat relief, then a domed center was added. The outline of the lettering was also created as a flat relief and then modified using a similar sized oval. I did the lettering border and the plaque separately so I could float them to final position after the texture was applied.

The maple leaf bitmap texture is another from my DVD of textures. The whites raise the highest, then the grays and the black does nothing. 

With only one click of the mouse a stunning texture was instantly created. The lettering border was then nudged into position vertically and then merged with the background.

Finally the bevelled script lettering was added finishing the file. 

I routed the panel on the MultiCam from 1.5" 30 lb Precision Board in about 30 minutes. This heavy board leaved superb detail and required little finishing.

We are making great progress on the plaques... but then four more people signed up today filling our workshop to the max in an instant.