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, December 24, 2011

Tap dancing part two

The tap file was programed with tool speeds of 300 inches per minute horizontally, 150 inches per minute vertically. I've been doing it this way for years. The reality is however that unless your machine is capable of accelerating and decelerating quickly it will never reach these kinds of speeds on a file like this. I was pleased with my six year old MultiCam, especially after my tech tuned the parameters for the types of files we were running. But when I fired up the new 3000 series MultiCam I discovered just how much faster they have made the machine in the last years. This machine was dialed in from the factory for my kind of routing.

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And before I knew it the file was run. Four taps in two sizes were ready for paint.