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

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Looking ahead...

With the new four axis MultiCam now only about four weeks away I am working on the designs for a few pieces which will help us learn and explore the capabilities of the new CNC machine. One of the pieces is a new display for Precision Board (Coastal Enterprises). When I visited them a few weeks ago I was struck by just how green their operation and products are. I want to create a showpiece for them that demonstrated this message. The piece will also feature LED illumination from Heico Lighting.  The LED's will be tucked under the ribbon, top and bottom to give it a green glow. 

The six foot tall piece will be carved from a single, massive block of 30 lb Precision Board. But rather than waste all the material that would normally be turned to dust, the folks at Coastal Enterprises will glue up a custom made block of the correct dimensions. It is a service they provide. This will be chucked up into the new four axis MultiCam and whittled to the final shape.
The folks at EnRoute are busy making sure I have the software capabilities I need and we will undoubtably create and solve some problems along the way. It is going to be exciting!

Stay tuned...