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, September 17, 2011

Workshop name tags 4

Old car insignias have always intrigued me. For Rafael's name plaque I decided to create one. The type style I chose is called air conditioner. 

The vectors were basic. The open contour was modified by simply bending the two sides. 

I used the bevel tool to create a relief. It is fairly shallow.

The letter outline was created as a zero height flat relief. This was then merged LOWEST with the first relief.

Then I created the background relief, applying a subtle texture to the inner, raised portion. The lettering was created as a separate relief, positioned vertically and then merged highest to complete the file. It was now ready for tool pathing and routing.