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, May 14, 2014

Last sign files for Cultus Lake

It is hard to believe but after almost a year of work, the concession and ticket signs are the last signs to be routed for this project. 

As always we started with vectors for the signs. I did a little kerning of the lettering to get things spaced right and then drew up the broken board border.

The sign chaps were created as a flat relief.

Wood grain was then added using the sandblasted wood bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC COLLECTION.  The letters were then created as separate reliefs, nudged into position vertically and then merged (highest) with the base relief. As quick as that the files are ready to have tool paths and be sent to the MultiCam.

I'll be showing lots more pictures of this project as it all comes together in the last six weeks. Stay tuned...