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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Almost the last of the trim

One of the MultiCam's strong suits is production routing. It can churn out identical parts all day long with little work from me. The thing is I don't often produce copies of anything we make. But as with anything there is the odd exception - even for us.

The trim for the new house is fancy without a doubt but with only slight modifications (mostly length of pieces) I was able to create files that could be repeated scores of time. EnRoute made short work of that task. By hand painting and glazing each piece we were able to introduce the randomness I was seeking. Even after many weeks of routing, painting and glazing the shop is still littered with routed pieces of trim from one end to the other. On the router more is in production with one more 4'x8' sheet of trim pieces yet to come. All are routed from 30 lb Precision Board , except those around high traffic doors which were made from 40 lb board for extra durability.But after all these months of work the end is now in sight at last. Here Kendra holds one of the joining blocks in place

Production anything has never been one of my strong suits and I am more than ready to move onto the next custom one-off project. Thankfully there will be an endless amount of that in coming months!