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

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Slicing and dicing..

In preparation for my demonstrations at the Sign Magic Workshop I continue work on the Jeep and truck Cap-it pieces. I'll show how we put the files together in class and how we add a little hand work to complete in the workshop sessions. I want a certain amount completed before our guests arrive, but I will save similar steps to do there.

The tires only needed a little handwork on the center treads to complete. The die grinder made the task quick and easy. I wasn't worried about them being a little uneven or bumpy. I've done enough four wheeling to know real tires get that way in real life. Once painted they should look pretty good.

The truck & Jeep bodies took a little head scratching to figure out. I decided to slice the pickup in vertical slices, while the jeep was sliced horizontally to facilitate the interior detail. The grill for the Jeep was done as a separate piece as were the inner fender wells and front fenders. The yellow areas were done as fills, while the blue lined are straight cuts. The MultiCam will make short order of these cuts. All of it will be cut from one inch thick 30lb Precision Board.

Study the files until the next time I post. As I glue it together it will begin to make a lot more sense.

Stay tuned...