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, February 15, 2012

Pure magic in four axis

I love curves, textures and fancy bits, especially if they take a good design over the top. The fourth axis opens up a whole world f possibilities that weren't easy previously. It is pretty exciting.

In the last post I showed how we built a file of the twisted and fluted post with a beautiful taper. Now it was time to let the machine do the work. As I build more files and experiment with the tool pathing I am slowly getting more familiar and comfortable with it. I learn best by repetition and experimentation - both of which take time.

Here's a short movie of the process...

Stay tuned for more...