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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Into full production

We've been pushing hard in the shop of late, keeping both the MultiCam plasma cutter and router busy. It's not often we use the router for 2D cutouts but we've cut about 40 sheets of plywood in the last week with all of the pieces we need to start serious production of the arches. Well go through a couple more skids of plywood yet on this project.

We are working in an assembly line method. The CNC machines churn out the pieces. First the cut metal plate pieces are welded together and this is then mated to the square tubing frames. Each arch assembly has sixteen plasma cut pieces and about thirty pieces of tubing and twenty-five shapes of cut 3/4" thick plywood.

Once we have a few armatures finished it is time to do a little sculpting. We managed three arches today as a trial run. From now on our goal is to do four each mud day. 

In another section of the shop the painters are busy pre painting the number plates. Like the arches they will appear well worn and ancient. This is just over half of the required numbers.