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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Denver Workshop Agenda

We are getting excited about the Denver workshop and have signed up quite a number of eager attendees. There is still room but time is quickly running out. If you are interested please don't miss out.

Denver, CO VIP event Sept 16-18

Meet the EnRoute developers at this special 3 Day "EnRoute Pro" event in Denver, CO. This will be a more advanced, three day class focused on 3D surfacing, carving and texture creation specifically for the sign and woodworking industries. Dan Sawatzky will also be in attendance and showing his magic.

Space is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat. It's $1,295 to attend the EnRoute Pro 3-day class, but you save $200 when you register 30 days before the event. Attendees from 2014 save $300 when you register 30 days before the class.
To register, contact Terri Wright
1800.229.9066 x114 or EnRouteSales@ThinkSAi.com

Here is the proposed agenda.

EnRoute 3-Day Workshop
Denver, Colorado
September 16-18, 2015

Day 1 

Let’s get started
• Introductions • Review EnRoute concepts and the interface
• The Design/Toolpath/Output process
• Review the 2D design tools
• Practice 

Design Introduction
• Introduction to Reliefs 
• Building a Relief
      basic shapes
• Construction tools
• Smoothing, merging, slicing
• Practice

Practical Projects
• From Design to Finished Product     Concept to Part
• Let’s build a relief with Dan
• Review and Practice

Toolpath Techniques
• Routing Offset Basics
• Fill Basics
• 2.5D Toolpaths 
       Clean Passes, and Pyramid
• 3D Toolpaths
• Inlays
• Practice

Evening Session (optional) At the Artistic Automation Shop
• Burgers and Beverages (provided)
• Tools, preparation, and cutting
• Creative priming and finishing techniques

Day 2

Practical Cutting
• Design it, Toolpath it, Output it.
• Designing in EnRoute vs. Bringing in a design
• Everyday toolpath techniques standardize
• Nesting Basics
• Practice

Fun with Bitmaps
• Introduction 
     Using bitmaps to add surface texture
• Creating bitmaps
• Importing and using bitmaps
• Practice

• From Design to Finished Product
      Concept to Part
• Let’s build a relief with Dan
• Review and Practice 

Rapid Texture
• Introduction and demonstration
• Basic design
• Exploring the options
• Incorporating a relief
• Toolpath techniques with rapid texture
• Practice

Evening Session (optional) At the Artistic Automation Shop
• Sandwiches and Beverages (provided)
• Rotary axis demo
• Creative finishing techniques
     Painting and glazing

Day 3
Advanced 3D Techniques
• Noise tools for Contours, Reliefs, Toolpaths and even Meshes
• Parametric Textures
• Rapid Picture
• Combining Techniques 
• Practice

Automatic Toolpath
• Overview
• Applications for cabinet makers
• Applications for part processors
• Applications for everyone
• Boxster
• Practice

Creating a Successful Business
• How to have fun in business
• Develop your own style 
• Marketing your capabilities

Wrap-up and Q & A
• Overview of the high points of the workshop
• Ask us a stumper (if you haven’t already)
• Time for practice and one‐on‐one reviews