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, October 5, 2011

Another name tag

For Melissa's name tag I waned to try out the blending of the texture into the background - like I had done on Eric's from the last workshop group. The difference was I would use the weave pattern. I first crated a domed oval. Then I applied a weave bitmap from my Texture MAGIC collection.

The next step was to create a second flat oval. The oval with the weave texture blended into the flat one when rendered.

I selected the textured oval, then in the front view nudged it up until I liked how it blended wih the flat oval.

 Then I created a flat relief with a height of .75"

This relief was modified with an oval relief. I domed the letter outline relief using the same angle as the textured relief. This modified relief was then nudged into position in the front view.

The reliefs were then merged highest .

 The last step was to create the prismatic lettering.

It was time to send the file to the MultiCam... routed from 30 lb Precision Board as per usual.