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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Building a base

Todays project is most likely the simplest I have done on this blog, and yet it made me think, mainly because I don't do this kind of file very often. I know there are simpler ways to do this job, but I don't know how to do it. Rather than look it up in the manual I decided to just do it the way I knew it would work. (for me)

The job was to design and route twelve base plates with four holes in each plate. They had to be accurate as they would be the pattern for the bolts which we would place in the concrete. Columns for our new house will rest on these bolts.

The plates were 12 inches square with a 5/8" hole in each corner one inch from each edge on center. I first drew two squares, one measuring the 12" x 12" and the second one being 10 3/8" x 10 3/8" the outside edge of the four holes. Then I used the align tools to move the 5/8" circles to the edges of the smaller square. Once the holes were aligned to the smaller square I grouped them and then aligned them to the center of the larger square. 

Like I said previously I am sure there are easier ways to drill holes in EnRoute but this worked in a hurry. It proves once more that there are many ways to do just about everything. The only thing left was to addd the tool path and send the file to the MultiCam.