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, May 1, 2011

A project revisited

This past week at the request of MultiCam I attended the International Sign Association's national convention and trade show. It is the largest event of it's kind in the world. Tens of thousands of sign makers and industry suppliers gather in one large place to show what's new in the sign industry. My job there in the MultiCam booth was to show those interested exactly how I use my CNC router to help me produce the cool things we do.  I was pleased to be able to talk to so many good folks and show them how by breaking the most complex projects down to logical steps virtually anything is possible.

As part of MultiCam's display, which included some very cool working CNC routers, was a piece I had made for them a number of years ago. The amazing thing about this piece was it was done shortly before a similar trade. I had done a concept drawing and sent it to MultiCam on a Friday. I got the approval on the Monday. By the following Friday the train was complete including paint. The link to the blogs that document that process is here...   MultiCam Train

This train has many, many miles on it, having been shipped and displayed at trade shows all over North America. This past week I looked it over carefully and amazingly it looks as good as the day it left our shop. It is testament to the quality materials I used in it's construction, mostly 30 lb Precision Board. In looking at it all these years later I am still proud of it. And there is not much I would do differently.