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

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Down to the details

The folks have now moved into the MutliCam Technical center. The dust has now largely been cleaned up and the horde of workers gone on to other jobs. And now that the furniture is all in place it's time to get down to details where they are needed.  One such project is for the Jurassic themed office. We'll be plasma cutting the heavy steel plates for the desk next week but in the meantime it's time to do some other projects for that room. The first is the fan for the ceiling. I had the client install a plain looking fan in the ceiling.  It won't be plain for long.  After sketching a whole bunch of ideas I decided the ceiling needed a splash of color... leaf green to be exact. I created a vector file of the veins and parts of a leaf, then created reliefs of the bits and combined them before adding a subtle bitmap texture.

I routed one blade as a test before committing to the other four. They are on the router now. For this project I used a piece of 1/2" thick 40 lb Precision Board. I've had similar fan blades spinning in my office for five years now. By tomorrow afternoon they will add the first of the theme to the Jurassic room. 

It's a jungle out there... or it will be soon.