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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old and new blended seamlessly

I love to blend old fashioned, hand crafted ways with the modern tools. Digital tablets, virtual sculpting with a modern computer program, file building with EnRoute, and the CNC router of course are blended with hand sculpting, carving and painting to create our art pieces. In the last two days I used a wide variety of tools. I sketched on paper with an old fashioned pen to come up with a concept. Then I used a digital pen and tablet with a computer to put together the final concept. The rough sculpt was done using a virtual digital sculpting program. The was imported into EnRoute to create a routing file I then sent to our MultiCam router.

Once the MultiCam had done its job it was time to break out the hand tools to add the finer features and detail. The sculpt will be done in stages but I made good progress in the first go. 

The right tool for any job is the one that works best. Tomorrow I'll do some more. 

Stay tuned...