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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Workshop name tags 4

Old car insignias have always intrigued me. For Rafael's name plaque I decided to create one. The type style I chose is called air conditioner. 

The vectors were basic. The open contour was modified by simply bending the two sides. 

I used the bevel tool to create a relief. It is fairly shallow.

The letter outline was created as a zero height flat relief. This was then merged LOWEST with the first relief.

Then I created the background relief, applying a subtle texture to the inner, raised portion. The lettering was created as a separate relief, positioned vertically and then merged highest to complete the file. It was now ready for tool pathing and routing.