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 26, 2016

Viking arsenal!

Work has begun in earnest on the first of the features for the Viking project.

The crew has created quite the arsenal of Viking style weapons! Using EnRoute to create the files and the MultiCam Plasma cutter saved countless hours in creating these pieces. The same is true for the ships yet to come!

We used the plasma cutter to cut the bases for the features from half inch thick plate steel. The structural frames were then welded off of this base. The reason for the thick steel base is to minimize the chance of any possible damage to the sculpted concrete as it travels to Dubai and then is handles and installed by crews out of our control. The frames were created in bolt together sections to allow them to easily fit into the galvanizing vats. Once galvanized we will bolt them together and then do our usual sculpted concrete work. Assembled the pieces are designed to fit into shipping containers with a maximum height of 88"

The last shot is the pieces at the galvanizers when I dropped them off yesterday.