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, September 8, 2015

Slicing a relief

Slicing is really simple once you understand what is happening and how it works. Getting there was confusing to me but then again I have to bumble through something a few times to get a handle on it. The six foot tall spark plug was almost nine inches deep and our material was only two inches thick. Hence the need to slice.

To open the slice box go to SURFACE>SLICE

When the box opens everything is greyed out and the menu instructs you to select the relief you wish to slice.

On selecting the relief it will tell you how thick your relief is - in this case 9.915" tall.

 Since we need our slices to be 2" thick I changed the thickness number to 2" (on the left box) I also selected the CREATE ALL SLICES BOX.

When I hit the green arrow it automatically does the slicing. The thing to remember is that it does not slice the original relief but simply creates new slices which are stacked inside the origin relief.

On separating them it looks like this...

When I look in the end view I see they are all on different levels. I selected them all and them dropped the reliefs to the bottom of my plate.

At this point they can be tool pathed and cut from 2" material.