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

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Better late than never

This is about the longest I've ever sat on a design for a sign but after twelve years it is finally time to build it. Back when I designed it I had no MultiCam CNC router and no fancy programs. I didn't use Precision Board back then either. Back then, if the sign had been made it would have all been done by hand. Now it is a whole lot easier.

Here's the original design, only tweaked a little of late.

I traced the vectors in PhotoShop and then saved them as AI files. I still have to do the lettering before I bring the vectors into EnRoute and then the fun begins. The sign will be double sided and will be routed in seven layers from 1.5" thick Precision Board. Much of the beaver's detail will be sculpted by hand using Abracadabra Sculpt epoxy. It's going to be a beefy sign measuring about four feet tall (maybe a little more) and ten inches thick.

Stay tuned for the fun.