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, February 15, 2012

Pure magic in four axis

I love curves, textures and fancy bits, especially if they take a good design over the top. The fourth axis opens up a whole world f possibilities that weren't easy previously. It is pretty exciting.

In the last post I showed how we built a file of the twisted and fluted post with a beautiful taper. Now it was time to let the machine do the work. As I build more files and experiment with the tool pathing I am slowly getting more familiar and comfortable with it. I learn best by repetition and experimentation - both of which take time.

Here's a short movie of the process...

Stay tuned for more...