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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gathering inspiration

One of the things I like to do as I travel is to look at things I see and imagine how I might make similar items using EnRoute software, Precision Board and my MultiCam router. The disney parks are chock full of simply amazing work. We we wait in the lines or walk around my mind is always racing...

The first example is a relatively simple file to create for the most part. The hardest part is the triceratops but with a little thought it is entirely possible to create this file using EnRoute alone. The rest is relatively easy.

In Epcot I found this emblem on many of the garbage cans. It was most likely cast but the original could easily have been routed. This would be a great piece to practice with if you were beginning in 3D file building.

The hanging cuckoo clock sign was found at the Germany showcase. The file to create this would be a little more complex but still a TON of fun!  I may just have to do one of these for my studio. The steel bracket would also be a lot of fun to be d up and weld.

In the few day we have toured the Disney parks here in Florida I have gathered hundreds of photos and sketches of some pretty cool ideas. My brain is overflowing once more with creative ideas and I'm starting to get itchy to start work. Tomorrow we go back to the Magic Kingdom... then a couple of days off before we visit a new park... Harry Potter's land at Universal Studios. Just imagine the wonderful things...