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 30, 2016

EnRoute Summit 2016

Join us September 21st -23rd
We are planning a special 3-day workshop in Denver this fall.  The 
EnRoute Summit 2016 will provide the opportunity for EnRoute users to work with Thad Staples, Dan and Peter Sawatzky, and Jeff Hartman to become more productive and more comfortable using EnRoute.  It’s easy to go to a workshop to learn a bunch of individual features in your software and then get back to the shop and realize you don’t actually understand how to put those features to use on your projects.  At the EnRoute Summit, we plan to present several real-life projects and then work through them from concept to finished output.  As part of the design process we will discuss materials, tool selection, feeds and speeds, and even finishing techniques. Our projects will present a full range of 2D, 2.5D, and 3D projects that will have something for everyone - from new users to seasoned EnRoute pros. For information go to EnRoute Summit 2016

As one of the creators of EnRoute, Jeff Hartman offers unique perspectives about how EnRoute really works.  His unique combination of experiences as both an engineer and a former sign shop owner have helped EnRoute’s development as both a creative tool and as precision production software. Jeff is a great guy and teacher too!

Thad Staples owns and operates Madera Arts in Atlanta, a company that creates custom millwork and also provides job shop capabilities specializing in out-of-the-ordinary requests.  He is both practical and very creative in how he uses EnRoute, and on top of that he is a great teacher. 

Dan and Peter Sawatzky have Imagination Corporation in western Canada, specializing in fantastical themed environments.  They are two of the most creative guys you will meet, and at the same time they are experts at the nuts and bolts of designing and building their creations using EnRoute.  With their new plasma CNC machine, they are exploring the world of incorporating custom cut steel parts both to expand their creativity and to provide structural support for their designs.