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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Just imagine!

We are going to have to put in a sizable order of Precision Board for this project! It will be used extensively through the project for details both large and small.

The industrial building complex limits the style and size of the exterior signs for the MultiCam Western Canada technical center but inside there are no such restrictions. There will be absolutely no doubt you have arrived at the right place when you step inside the door! The reception desk will be larger than life... a huge metallic, robotic welcoming machine built largely with a MultiCam router and EnRoute software of course. The walls of the reception/waiting area will feature wainscoting created using EnRoute's new rapid texture software. This allows us to route large panels in just minutes instead of hours. I am excited to see how far we can push this new technology to the max. On the upper walls some imaginative eye candy will show what MultiCam's machines are capable of. The staircase railing behind the reception desk will showcase various techniques and materials as well.
The owner's office will go in a totally different direction. We affectionately call it the 'fossil room'. The heavy duty desk will be made from hundreds of pieces of plasma cut half inch steel welded up to form a giant dinosaur skeleton. We'll test drive EnRoute's freshly minted new plasma cutting software for this task. A thick glass top will allow the sculpture to be seen from all angles. Some imaginative wainscoting will again feature EnRoute's Rapid Texture and some like themed eye candy will grace the walls.
The theme work through the rest of the office complex and showrooms will be a bit lighter for now, but door and window trim, the way finding signs and key pieces of other elements will be custom made on a MultiCam machine. The office will showcase the various machines' capabilities at every turn.
Now at last it is time to take this exciting project from the drawing board to reality. I'll be posting progress here on a regular basis. Stay tuned...