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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blizzard in the shop!

The local kids are on spring break in these parts and so my grand daughter Phoebe and her cousins are visiting for a few days. My work is always fun, but even more so when the kids are helping. And what could be more fun than generating a blizzard in the workshop?

We went over tool safety and outfitted the gang with safety glasses and then let everyone have a turn - with me very close by - just in case. The oldest child (14) was dubbed official photographer. 

 In less than 20 minutes we had scattered styrofoam bits from one end of the shop to the other - and all over ourselves too, much to the delight of Phoebe. I did the last tweaking of the design to make sure everything looked like rocks.

Tomorrow we will finish coating everything with the sculpting epoxy after getting a good start today.

If you looked closely in the background of the above pictures you would have caught a glimpse of the next routing project to be done.  Stay tuned...