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, September 11, 2013

Guy's name tag

For Guy's name plaque I decided a log round would be cool. I started with a domed round relief then imported the bitmap (from the TEXTURE MAGIC COLLECTION)

I created the first vector and relief round because the bitmap was that shape, but I squished it a bit to make it an oval. I then created a 1/2" tall flat relief using the lettering outline.

Then using the oval vector (offset from the primary relief) I modified the lettering outline relief using the dome tool.

Then I modified the oval base relief  using the lettering vectors. This effectively pushed the letters (with the wood grain) up through the smooth lettering outline.

The last step was to merge (highest) the two reliefs.

As always the file was now ready for tool pathing and then to be sent to the MultiCam to be routed from 1.5" 30 lb Precision Board.

It will look even better with paint and glazes. Stay tuned...