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

Monday, June 28, 2010

Another successful Sign Magic Workshop

Precision Board has a long history of supporting educational workshops and meets of sign professionals. It was at a long ago Letterhead meet I first earned of their great products and incorporated them into our signs and dimensional features. Since we got our router we have used them in a BIG way! Coastal Enterprises has helped sponsor our Sign Magic Workshops since we began hosting them almost three years ago.
Six folks travelled from far and wide to attend our eighth Sign Magic Workshop. The ball got rolling fast late Thursday afternoon when they gathered for an informal meet and greet. We went for supper at a local diner and the talk quickly turned to routers, dimensional signs and the materials we used and how to make them. This crew was eager to learn all they could. After supper we walked back to the shop and the learning commenced - before the workshop officially began Friday morning. We didn't break up until 11:00 pm that first day. And so it would go all weekend long.
The days were long and the learning intense... we had a lot of ground to cover in three short days. We talked of design, how to build three dimensional routing files using EnRoute and of course we fired up the MultiCam to show how our creations would look in real life. Our MultiCam router got a good workout. After our lessons were complete each student created a dimensional sample for the first time and every one looked great. These folks obviously were paying attention!
We also spent long hours each evening learning how to finish the many samples. The skill level of this group was high. They demonstrated a passion to learn and took things as far as they possibly could. We laughed, we talked, we learned and shared 'secrets' of how to do the things we do until the time was up. Some great projects were completed through the weekend.
I look forward to seeing some cool projects from these folks in the future!