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, February 12, 2016

Massive plans

Our current big project is the design and fabrication of a pair of forty foot long Viking ships. We started with a scale model built at one inch to the foot. The model proved handy in our talks with the client, building confidence in our abilities to handle the project. The model also proved to be a great reference as we discussed how everything would go together.

Then we sat down at our design desk and started work on the plans. Being much more familiar with EnRoute than an architectural program we decided to use it to design the structural framework. The detailed plans also included all of the plasma cut steel (which is considerable) so the files will  be all ready be set to send off the router when we start. The plans were done in layers to help keep everything separate and in order. Peter and I spent two days so far creating the files. We still have a few details to build plus all of the sections, dimensions and notes. They say learning is best done by doing and it is very true. I've certainly learned a a great deal about how to use EnRoute in the last few days!