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

Friday, February 12, 2016

Massive plans

Our current big project is the design and fabrication of a pair of forty foot long Viking ships. We started with a scale model built at one inch to the foot. The model proved handy in our talks with the client, building confidence in our abilities to handle the project. The model also proved to be a great reference as we discussed how everything would go together.

Then we sat down at our design desk and started work on the plans. Being much more familiar with EnRoute than an architectural program we decided to use it to design the structural framework. The detailed plans also included all of the plasma cut steel (which is considerable) so the files will  be all ready be set to send off the router when we start. The plans were done in layers to help keep everything separate and in order. Peter and I spent two days so far creating the files. We still have a few details to build plus all of the sections, dimensions and notes. They say learning is best done by doing and it is very true. I've certainly learned a a great deal about how to use EnRoute in the last few days!