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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ten tons of skulls!

I'm not big on skull imagery but Scallywag Bay Adventure Park is all about pirates and the pirate logo features a skull. The tall fence around Scallywag Bay needed a little bling and we decided to weld in the skull and crossed wrenches logo into each panel. The logos will also be featured on the building posts. This meant we needed two hundred and twenty logos cut from half in chick plate steel It was time to give our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter a real workout.

The steel arrived this morning - all twenty thousand pounds of it! The forklift would get a real workout as well!

I created the files in EnRoute and then sent the cutting files off to the machine. The parts nested well with only a little waste. We'll cut some brackets on the bigger bits and recycle the rest.

The plasma cutter handles half inch plate well as long as everything is kept nice and clean. Once the pieces were cut it took a quick pass with  the grinder to clean up the back side and they are ready to send off to Trinidad where the fence guy will weld them into place.