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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One down - one to go!

I really love how EnRoute software and the MultiCam take the grunt work out of the projects we do these days. With the designing and the routing out of the way it is time to get down to the really creative end of the project. It didn't take long to squeeze on a rough coat of Abracadabra sculpting epoxy and then do another detailed layer. I worked from his 'steel' boots upward. The idea here was to not get too caught up in detail but rather create the illusion of detail. I also wanted plenty of texture left on the surface so it takes glazes real well. He has to look old when we are done.

Here's a comparison of the two knights, one still largely bare Precision Board and the other one with the sculpting process finished.  A quarter inch steel rod made for a perfect lance shaft.

And as always I had to place him into position to check out how things will look when they are all done.

The sign will hang fairly high when it is done so the knight will lean slightly out, proudly standing guard over the entrance.

Tomorrow's task will be to make the second knight look like the first one...  :)