It is hard to believe that it was almost ten 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 of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Friday, March 26, 2010

Instant ideas...

I needed to quickly make a couple of display pieces for an upcoming trade show in Florida. The first would showcase the texture DVD's I sell. The panel had to be small and quick to make. It would be carved from 30 lb Precision Board. And it had to feature a couple of textures of course. I grabbed my sketch book and began to scribble down some ideas. The first few sketches weren't working for me but I soon came up with the idea of a machine with gears. Two quick drawings worked things out enough to go straight to the vector design stage. I could do the rest in EnRoute and then on to the router.

The piece measured about 18" square and was almost 3" thick at its thickest point. It was big enough to be noticed but small enough to ship easily. The file ran pretty quick on the MultiCam. It was cut in three pieces and I couldn't resist hitting the go button once more to make a piece for my display here in the shop too. While it cut I glued up the first piece.
Next comes paint.

Stay tuned...