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, November 30, 2013

Rolling along

The wagon wheel was created in EnRoute and routed in five layers which will be glued up afterwards. Because of this I created copies of various parts of the files as I went. I also created each element separately and then merged them afterwards. I started with the spokes of the wheels which were created with the dome tool.

The rim of the wheel was next.

The letter outline was next along with the wheel hubs.

The outer portion of the hubs was tapered. To accomplish this we used the bevel tool at a very steep angle and limited the height.

Then to put in the axle holes I created a zero hight circle and then merged lowest with the height.

The rim of the wheel was also raised and rounded using the dome tool.

Lastly I created the lettering in various layers.

The layers were then tool pathed and sent to the MultiCam for routing from 1.5" thick 30 lb Precision Board.

In the next post I'll show how it all went together with a structural steel frame inside.

Stay tuned...