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

Friday, April 20, 2012


We've chosen to go with INNOTECH windows and doors for our new house. These windows are the among the greenest out there and with triple glazing on the north/road side of the house they should work exceptionally well. They feature European style tilt and turn enclosures that offer both functionality and security to the highest degree possible. Once again their logo was already designed, slick and modern compared to most of what I design. Our task was to interpret this as a 3D logo without straying from the design.

The Vectors were provided by their advertising department. No straying was allowed here. I incorporated the logo into the same size and shape background as the other site signs.

I imported the vectors into EnRoute and as a first step created a flat relief.

I applied the SPLOTCHES bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC COLLECTION  to apply a very mild texture to the background.

The swish was built as a separate flat relief, nudged into position (in the front view) and then merged highest with the base relief.

The lettering was done as a separate relief as well, and like the swish was nudged into position vertically and then merged highest with the background relief. Then I tool pathed the file and sent it off to the MultiCam. 

The sign will be routed from 30 lb Precision Board in three layers and then laminated together with the steel frame inside.

Stay tuned as the three signs are painted up ready for display out front.