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, June 25, 2013

It needs wings to fly

I jumped the gun on my last entry forgetting to first post the creation of the wing fins and the motor on each end. I used two functions in EnRoute to create the files...  sweep two rails and the revolve functions. As always I started with the vectors, created in EnRoute.

The wind portion of the file was a mesh created with the sweep two rails command. The top line is the profile I used. The bottom egg shaped motor was created with the revolve tool. Both meshes were them merged highest with a zero height relief.

One other part of the equation I didn't show earlier was how I sliced the fish sub relief in EnRoute. I was machining it from 1" thick Precision Board so I created four slices, then copied them, and flipped one set to create the second half of the sub.

Next up is the background/stand for the submarine. It's going to be just as cool as the sub. Stay tuned...