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, October 31, 2012

Fifty ways to build a relief - Part nine

Routing these two fish panels didn't take very long. Exactly how long I don't really know as it happened fast and I was busy at the time with other things. I did my best to sneak back into the tourer room to take pictures but  I only managed a couple of pics before the two files were routed. Generally I allow 20 - 30 minutes per square foot for these kinds of textured files.

The first picture shows the fish after the rough pass was complete.

The second shows the 1/8" bit at work, about 1/3 of the way through the file.  The bowl shape is clearly visible.

Here's a shot of the first fish relief finished but still on the router.

And here's a shot of the two pieces pulled out of their bowls. I like to route just shy of the spoil board meaning I only surface it  couple of times each year.

And here's a shot of the two fish plaques - right off the router. They measure about 12" wide by 10" tall.

Next time we'll be starting on the finishing of these two reliefs.