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 15, 2010

Now THIS is a table!

The MultiCam Technical Center project is coming along quickly. Every day materials are being ordered and delivered, and our MultiCam router is starting to get a workout of course. As the final engineering and paper work was making it's way through the system I started in on the steelwork for the boardroom.
The heavy steel was the first step. We ground all the primer off the large pipes, cut them and welded them together. The table will be 13 feet long when the dust settles. The feet of the table were next. I had imported the heavy duty adjusters from California. They were good for 20,000 lbs each - more than enough for this job!
While we were welding and grinding our MultiCam was whittling the nameplate for underneath from 30 lb Precision Board. It was done as two back to back pieces with some 1" material cut to fit around the structural steel in the middle. It won't be seen by everyone but it is the many small details that will reinforce the theme of the project and show just what a MultiCam CNC machine is capable of. There is a little more welding and grinding to come before we begin the process of making it all rust to perfection 0- the patina of choice for this project. Then we'll begin work on the top, complete with many more details of course like icing on the cake.
This afternoon more than 60 sheets of MDF arrive for the room details which should be a whole lot of fun! I've got all the files created in EnRoute, just waiting for the materials...