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 1, 2011

A project revisited

This past week at the request of MultiCam I attended the International Sign Association's national convention and trade show. It is the largest event of it's kind in the world. Tens of thousands of sign makers and industry suppliers gather in one large place to show what's new in the sign industry. My job there in the MultiCam booth was to show those interested exactly how I use my CNC router to help me produce the cool things we do.  I was pleased to be able to talk to so many good folks and show them how by breaking the most complex projects down to logical steps virtually anything is possible.

As part of MultiCam's display, which included some very cool working CNC routers, was a piece I had made for them a number of years ago. The amazing thing about this piece was it was done shortly before a similar trade. I had done a concept drawing and sent it to MultiCam on a Friday. I got the approval on the Monday. By the following Friday the train was complete including paint. The link to the blogs that document that process is here...   MultiCam Train

This train has many, many miles on it, having been shipped and displayed at trade shows all over North America. This past week I looked it over carefully and amazingly it looks as good as the day it left our shop. It is testament to the quality materials I used in it's construction, mostly 30 lb Precision Board. In looking at it all these years later I am still proud of it. And there is not much I would do differently.