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

Friday, August 14, 2015

Andy's name plaque

Andy's name plaque is relatively simple. I created a circle vector using the drawing tools and then did the type and created an outline around these vectors. I selected the circle vector and created the base relief using the dome tool.

I then imported the log end texture (from the TEXTURE MAGIC collection) and applied it to the relief.

I wanted the lettering border to follow a similar contour to the domed relief so I used the offset tool to create a new circle vector. So the first step was to create a flat relief. The height isn't important.

 I then selected this flat relief AND the new circle vector (which would be used to modify it) and then used the same dome settings to create a similar rounded shape.

In the preview I couldn't yet see it so I went to the front view and nudged it upwards to the appropriate height.

I then merged highest with the base relief (blue) to create one relief with the letter outline. Don't forget to either move this now redundant relief to another layer when done or delete it.

The last step was to modify the relief using the letter vectors, once again using the dome tool..

One last check in the 3D viewer to make sure everything was as it should be and the file was ready for tool pathing and off to the MultiCam.