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, April 13, 2013


The last name tag for the workshops is for Kelsey.  The file was created entirely in EnRoute. As per usual it started with vectors.

The outside border relief was created flat, then I also selected the inside oval and added a dome panel with a slightly raised edge.

The rivets were created as separate reliefs, also domed.

The lettering border was also created as a separate flat relief. This relief was then modified using the dome tool and the large oval. The rivet reliefs were modified in the same manner.

I used the sandblasted woodgrain bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC collection.

The last steps were to merge everything together and then add the raised lettering.

Next we are on to paint.