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, November 9, 2011

Gathering inspiration

One of the things I like to do as I travel is to look at things I see and imagine how I might make similar items using EnRoute software, Precision Board and my MultiCam router. The disney parks are chock full of simply amazing work. As we wait in the lines or walk around my mind is always racing...

The first example is a relatively simple file to create for the most part. The hardest part is the triceratops but with a little thought it is entirely possible to create this file using EnRoute alone. The rest is relatively easy.

In Epcot I found this emblem on many of the garbage cans. It was most likely cast but the original could easily have been routed. This would be a great piece to practice with if you were beginning in 3D file building.

The hanging cuckoo clock sign was found at the Germany showcase. The file to create this would be a little more complex but still a TON of fun!  I may just have to do one of these for my studio. The steel bracket would also be a lot of fun to bend up and weld.

In the few day we have toured the Disney parks here in Florida I have gathered hundreds of photos and sketches of some pretty cool ideas. My brain is overflowing once more with creative ideas and I'm starting to get itchy to go to work in my studio once more. Tomorrow we go back to the Magic Kingdom... then a couple of days off before we visit a new park... Harry Potter's land at Universal Studios. Just imagine the wonderful things...