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, April 13, 2013


The last name tag for the workshops is for Kelsey.  The file was created entirely in EnRoute. As per usual it started with vectors.

The outside border relief was created flat, then I also selected the inside oval and added a dome panel with a slightly raised edge.

The rivets were created as separate reliefs, also domed.

The lettering border was also created as a separate flat relief. This relief was then modified using the dome tool and the large oval. The rivet reliefs were modified in the same manner.

I used the sandblasted woodgrain bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC collection.

The last steps were to merge everything together and then add the raised lettering.

Next we are on to paint.