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, August 29, 2013

Almost the last of the trim

One of the MultiCam's strong suits is production routing. It can churn out identical parts all day long with little work from me. The thing is I don't often produce copies of anything we make. But as with anything there is the odd exception - even for us.

The trim for the new house is fancy without a doubt but with only slight modifications (mostly length of pieces) I was able to create files that could be repeated scores of time. EnRoute made short work of that task. By hand painting and glazing each piece we were able to introduce the randomness I was seeking. Even after many weeks of routing, painting and glazing the shop is still littered with routed pieces of trim from one end to the other. On the router more is in production with one more 4'x8' sheet of trim pieces yet to come. All are routed from 30 lb Precision Board , except those around high traffic doors which were made from 40 lb board for extra durability.But after all these months of work the end is now in sight at last. Here Kendra holds one of the joining blocks in place

Production anything has never been one of my strong suits and I am more than ready to move onto the next custom one-off project. Thankfully there will be an endless amount of that in coming months!