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, December 24, 2011

Tap dancing part two

The tap file was programed with tool speeds of 300 inches per minute horizontally, 150 inches per minute vertically. I've been doing it this way for years. The reality is however that unless your machine is capable of accelerating and decelerating quickly it will never reach these kinds of speeds on a file like this. I was pleased with my six year old MultiCam, especially after my tech tuned the parameters for the types of files we were running. But when I fired up the new 3000 series MultiCam I discovered just how much faster they have made the machine in the last years. This machine was dialed in from the factory for my kind of routing.

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And before I knew it the file was run. Four taps in two sizes were ready for paint.