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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Still more pieces!

With each piece I design and build it seems there are ten more to do. But this project is all about detail. Branding the facility will be plentiful but carefully worked into the design so it does not appear forced or out of place. The 'M' motif, standing for MultiCam of course, will appear everywhere. Today I designed and created the 'M' medallions for the beams. They sport a weathered texture and rivets of course to work them into the theme. 

The file was created in EnRoute in minutes, then duplicated and positioned for routing. It uses a bitmap texture called splotches. Once routed it looks amazingly like weathered metal. The rust finish will complete the story. The medallions were tool pathed with a 3/8" ball nose rough pass and a 1/8" tapered bit at a 75% overlap for the final pass. They took less than an hour each to complete. I routed them from inch and a half thick, 30 lb Precision Board.

I couldn't resist priming one piece up while the others were still in production and then test fitting it on the beams. It made me smile for this was a critical part of the design since I first imagined and drew it over a year previous. The project is no longer just a dream.

The exciting day will be when I can assemble all the pieces permanently at long last.

Stay tuned...