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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Roofer's sign

The roof supplier for our nerd house has been in business for 75 years. They had a logo they loved and so I just had to interpret it to be a dimensional sign. but it would be fun abet very simple to create. The sign will be displayed at the front to our property along with many other suppliers and trades. This one is square rather than rectangular but it should work just fine. I kept it about the same square footage as the others for balance.

I first created a square vector with rounded corners and made this into a flat relief.

Since we are installing a rubber roof (actually made from recycled tires) that looks like real shake I decided to make it look like split woodgrain. I used the sandblasted woodgrain from my TEXTURE MAGIC collection.

The lettering and triangle were created as separate, simple flat reliefs. 

These were nudged vertically into position in the front view, then merged highest with the woodgrain.

The last step was to modify the relief by adding the '75 years' slogan. 

As quick as that the file was ready for tool pathing and then to be sent to the MultiCam. It would be routed from 30 lb Precision Board. I'll be putting it on the router tomorrow and then gluing it up ready for finishing. I'll be [posting pics as always of course. Stay tuned...