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, December 4, 2015

Trade show booth - part three

The current large project underway in our shop has used our MultiCam plasma cutter in a large way. It has in fact caused me to fall in love with the handy, dandy machine and the ease in which we can create custom metal parts. We've taken the design/build approach. Each piece is first sized up visually. I make a few measurements and a quick sketch before heading to my desk. I fire up EnRoute and in a few minutes build the needed vector. I then grab the file and head to the plasma cutter computer to generate the tool paths and then it's off to the keypad to set the machine in motion. While the parts are cut I am sizing up the next part of the puzzle. Before heading to my desk to design again I tack the freshly cut steel parts in place, ready for our welder to make them permanent. The process is repeated many times through each day.

In less than a week we have completed a very complicated build of the heavy duty trade show booth. We've made a few alterations from the design to make it more versatile in the future.

On one of the corner posts we built a table/chair combination. It is our intention to do painting demonstrations (on a small 3D model) during the show. The table/chair pivot on the corner post to swing inside the booth during transport.

There are still a myriad of large and small details yet to add to the booth to make it a standout at the show. Stay tuned...