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, October 10, 2015

Scribbling ideas

When I received my invitation to the 2016 Sign Invitational it didn't take very long for me to think up a great idea. Not long at all. I quickly grabbed my sketchbook and over the next hour filled ten or twelve pages with scribbles (to most) of ideas. Before long I had my idea nailed.

I realize that some of my 'competition' reads these entries and I sure wouldn't want to tip my hand so early in the game - especially with such a competitive and talented bunch as are entered. But, that being said I'm not afraid either, so I've decided I'll show a couple of those initial sketches. If nothing else it will show how a project like this comes together.

The first scribble is the top half of my entry...  It will be called SIGN ODYSSEY. The drawing. although very rough positions each element in relation to all the others. I was working in approximate scale  to make sure it would all work out. I did spell odyssey wrong but I'll make sure that gets fixed as we proceed.

The top sculptural portion of the display has to fit into and be shipped in a box which will act as the display piece for the piece at the show. Because of the caliber of the competition I decided to pull out all the stops. The box for my piece will be over the top as well. The new plasma cutter will come in handy! I did up a rough sketch depicting the (space) SIGN ODYSSEY. I did it as one sketch and then broke it into four pieces - one for each side. This makes the pattern continuous, no matter which angle you view it from.

Over the next weeks I'll be posting progress shots as the design and pieces come together. Stay tuned...